Week 8: Elizabeth continued, Special Collections

For next week, please read chapters 9, 10, 11, and the Epilogue(pp. 274-367); these final chapters round out the reign of Elizabeth and offer a good setup for our time in Special Collections.

Also, for those of you writing a paper for the fourth credit, here are the details from Professor Sommerville's course website:
Your fourth credit term paper should be double-spaced and about 5-6 pages in length; in addition to the 5-6 pages of text, the paper should also include a bibliography, and references to things you have read, giving your sources, and it should show familiarity with at least two books or articles in addition to the course reading. See this guide on how to cite references in your paper.
The paper should be on either:
(1) Why did the Reformation happen in England, and what effects did it have on English society and government?
(2) What problems confronted Elizabeth I in the course of her long reign, and how successful was she in overcoming them?
(3) What were the causes and consequences of the mid-seventeenth century civil wars?
(4) another topic, by arrangement

In addition to the content and source base of your papers, your presentation and writing are crucial components. That said, make sure you consult the links above, my tips sheet (at https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/dgehring/web/tipsforwriting.htm ), and George Orwell's thoughts on writing clearly here.

Now, this is a reminder that NEXT WEEK WE MEET IN THE DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS IN MEMORIAL LIBRARY. Do not come to our regular classroom for discussion; you will find that room empty. Instead, go directly to Special Collections on the ninth floor, and do not be late. In order to get to the ninth floor, you must take the special elevator located to the right of the three main elevators. In consultation with the curator, I have selected a wide range of original documents and books for us to see: everything from a history of Wales, to a book on falconry, to Shakespeare and Spencer, to an original publication of the 39 Articles. Before class, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and when you enter the Department, use the locker area to store your bookbags and coats; only pencils and notebooks are allowed. For details on the Department, see http://specialcollections.library.wisc.edu/

I'm genuinely excited about next week. For as much as we can learn in the classroom and from reading textbooks, the real history is in the artifacts.