AQA GCSE History: Restoration England, 1660–1685

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BD Restoration England, 1660–1685

This option allows students to study in depth the restoration of the monarchy. The study will focus on the major aspects of Charles II’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Students will study a wide variety of topics compiled into four modules, namely:

Part one: Crown, Parliament, plots and court life

Themes include:

  • Crown and Parliament: the legacy of the English Civil War and Commonwealth; the restoration of the monarchy; the succession issue; relations and issues with Parliament, finance and religion; the Cabal and ‘Party politics’; rule without parliament from 1681.
  • The Catholic question: plots, including Titus Oates and the Popish Plot and the Rye House Plot; the Exclusion Bill, 1679; James, Duke of York.
  • Charles II’s court: Charles II’s character; court life, fashions and the role of the court.

Part two: Life in Restoration England

Themes include:

  • Crisis: Great Plague of 1665; causes and contemporary views; measures to combat; records; results; Fire of London of 1666; causes and contemporary views; results and reconstruction.
  • Restoration culture: Restoration comedy, theatres and playwrights; the role and status of women; coffee houses; Charles II’s patronage of the arts and sciences, including the Royal Society; Samuel Pepys; architecture and design, including Christopher Wren.

Part three: Land, trade and war

Themes include:

  • Land: the powers of the East India Company; Bombay; Hudson Bay; Tangier; Captain Henry Morgan and Jamaica.
  • Trade: mercantilism; the Navigation Acts and their impact; slave trade.
  • War: English sea power; naval warfare, including tactics and technology; conflict with the Dutch, including the Second and Third Dutch Wars; relations with Spain and France.

The Historic Environment

Themes include:

  • Location
  • Function
  • The structure, including modifications
  • People connected with the site
  • Design of the exterior, interior and gardens
  • How the design reflects the culture, values, fashions of the people during the Restoration era
  • How important events/developments from the depth study are connected to the site

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Historic Environment (2019, 2020, 2021) Resources:

This module download also includes the following teaching resources:

  • AQA GCSE History Exam Booklets (2020 & 2021 Syllabus) (zip)
  • Module 1 Catholic Threat Chart (docx)
  • Module 1 Catholic Threat Chart (pdf)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii Chart (pdf)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii Chart (pptx)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii S Cabal (docx)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii S Cabal (pdf)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii S Promises (pptx)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii S Promises Wall Sheets (pdf)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii S Promises Wall Sheets (pptx)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii S Return To Power Chart (pdf)
  • Module 1 Charles Ii S Return To Power Chart (docx)
  • Module 1 Christmas Message From Charles Ii (mp4)
  • Module 1 Computer Task Sheet (pdf)
  • Module 1 Computer Task Sheet (docx)
  • Module 1 England Under The Commonwealth (docx)
  • Module 1 England Under The Commonwealth (pdf)
  • Module 1 Exclusion Act (docx)
  • Module 1 Exclusion Act (pdf)
  • Module 1 Horrible Histories Charles Ii Meets The Man Who Tried To Steal The Crown Jewels (mp4)
  • Module 1 Horrible Histories Song Charles Ii King Of Bling Cbbc (mp4)
  • Module 1 Interregnum In England- Republic Protectorate 1649-1660 (mp4)
  • Module 1 James Duke Of York (pdf)
  • Module 1 James Duke Of York (docx)
  • Module 1 Restoration 1995 Clip 2 (mp4)
  • Module 1 Rye House Plot (pdf)
  • Module 1 Rye House Plot (docx)
  • Module 1 The Catholic Question (pptx)
  • Module 1 The Restoration (pptx)
  • Module 1 The Restoration Information Sheets For Less Able Students (pdf)
  • Module 1 The Restoration Information Sheets For Less Able Students (pptx)
  • Module 1 The Royal Court (pptx)
  • Module 1 Titus Oates And The Popish Plot (docx)
  • Module 1 Titus Oates And The Popish Plot (pdf)
  • Module 2 -The Great Plague (pptx)
  • Module 2 Christopher Wren Information (pdf)
  • Module 2 Christopher Wren Information (docx)
  • Module 2 East India Company (pptx)
  • Module 2 East India Company History Mocomi Kids (mp4)
  • Module 2 Entertain Diagram Blank (docx)
  • Module 2 Entertain Diagram Blank (pdf)
  • Module 2 Entertainment Plenary (pdf)
  • Module 2 Entertainment Plenary (docx)
  • Module 2 Entry Names (docx)
  • Module 2 Entry Names (pdf)
  • Module 2 Great Fire Of London (pptx)
  • Module 2 Restoration Culture (pptx)
  • Module 2 Ring Around The Rosy Meaning Behind The Nursery Rhyme --- (mp4)
  • Module 2 Samuel Pepys Information (pdf)
  • Module 2 Samuel Pepys Information (docx)
  • Module 2 Table Information (pdf)
  • Module 2 Table Information (docx)
  • Module 2 The Big Debate Pepys V Wren (pptx)
  • Module 2 The Great Plague (mp4)
  • Module 2 What Were Renaissance Approaches To Curing Illnesses (docx)
  • Module 2 What Were Renaissance Approaches To Curing Illnesses (pdf)
  • Module 3 Henry Hudson- Searching For The Northwest Passage Fast Facts History (mp4)
  • Module 3 Henry Morgan And Jamaica (pdf)
  • Module 3 Henry Morgan And Jamaica (docx)
  • Module 3 Hudson Bay (pptx)
  • Module 3 Manhattan- What Henry Hudson Saw In 1609 National Geographic (mp4)
  • Module 3 Navigation Acts (pdf)
  • Module 3 Navigation Acts (docx)
  • Module 3 Restoration Navy (docx)
  • Module 3 Samuel Pepys (mp4)
  • Module 3 Sir Christopher Wren (mp4)
  • Module 3 Sir Henry Morgan Pirate Privateer (mp4)
  • Module 3 The Atlantic Slave Trade (mp4)
  • Module 3 The Epic History Of The Fur Trade In America (mp4)
  • Module 3 The Fop And The Theatre (mp4)
  • Module 3 The Middle Passage (mp4)
  • Module 3 Triangular Slave Route To Annotate (pdf)
  • Module 3 Triangular Slave Route To Annotate (docx)
  • Module 3 Triangular Slave Trade (pptx)
  • Module 3 Triangular Slave Trade In 60 Seconds (mp4)
  • Module 3 Triangular Slave Trade Information Gathering Sheet (docx)
  • Module 3 Triangular Slave Trade Information Gathering Sheet (pdf)
  • Module 3 Warren Hastings Biography (pdf)