William Sterling

Queen Anne

The Life and Times of Queen Anne

This was a one day course at the City Lit on Saturday 21st February 2015.  I repeated it somewhat amended on Sunday 25th November 2018.  It was described thus

Queen Anne was the last of the Stuarts and suffered much personal tragedy but she ruled over an increasingly prosperous nation that had unprecedented military success in Europe under the Duke of Marlborough.

Although Anne reigned for only 12 years they were momentous years in many ways.  In politics they saw the Union between England and Scotland and also the formation of the Whig and Tory parties that were to dominate governments for two centuries.  In international relations Great Britain became a major player for the first time with the Duke of Marlborough becoming the first British general to win a battle in Central Europe at Blenheim in 1704.  In the arts Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral was completed and Handel made his first visit to England writing music for the queen and to mark national celebrations.  Dr Sterling will present an outline of Queen Anne’s life and reign but with adequate opportunity for class discussion and personal views to be expressed.

On the day in 2015 I gave out the following handouts



Simplified Family Tree

family tree

Summary of the Act of Union 1707

Treaty of Union Summary

I also promised to add some other items.

This is a fuller version of the Stuart Family Tree.


This tree is of Anne’s mother’s family, the Hydes


This is a full version of the Treaty of Union

Treaty of Union full

Finally, here is a timeline of Anne’s Life and Times


From the 2018 course I had a summary of Anne’s children


These are the slides I used in 2018

Anne culture slides 2018 in printable form

Anne politics slideshow 2018 in printable form

Anne Churchills slideshow 2018 in printable form

Anne slideshow her and husband 2018 in printable form

Anne slideshow family 2018 in printable form