Magnificence and display under the Tudors

Course Dates: 03/05/24 - 07/06/24
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore how the Tudors cultivated the art of magnificence in the form of pageants, tapestries, paintings, jewellery and dress to detract from what was essentially a weak dynasty.
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Magnificence and display under the Tudors
  • Course Code: HBH83
  • Dates: 03/05/24 - 07/06/24
  • Time: 15:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Vanessa King

Course Code: HBH83

Fri, day, 03 May - 07 Jun '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

How the visual arts were used to bolster the Tudor dynasty and reflect differing messages both before and after the Reformation.

What will we cover?

1. Henry VIII and the Cult of Magnificence
2. The 1542 Inventory of Whitehall
3. Representing Edward VI and Mary I
4. The Cult of the Virgin Queen
5. Clothes and Jewellery
6. Tournaments, Progresses and Pageants.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Describe ways in which Henry VIII cultivated the art of magnificence
• Identify possessions acquired during several of Henry VIII’s marriages as itemised in the 1547 Whitehall inventory taken on his death
• Explain the allusion to the biblical Josiah as used to personify Edward VI
• Recognise symbolism used to promote the cult of the Virgin Queen.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge is required. However, a good standard of reading, writing and speaking English is essential.
An open mind and willingness to engage respectfully in class discussion and debate.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

PowerPoint will be used to illustrate key points and then we will be reading and discussing contemporary sources (in translation). You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. There will be occasional homework reading provided but it is not obligatory.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no other expenses other than note-taking materials. You are not expected to purchase any reading material. All essential reading will be available online in Google Classroom and distributed in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in English/British history. Please see the City Lit website.

Vanessa King Tutor Website

Vanessa King is a reitred university lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Honorary Fellow of Birkbeck College University of London. At City Lit, Vanessa offers courses and day schools on London, European, and Global Encounters in the Far East. She has published widely on the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1154), and is currently writing a book on Early English Queenship 600-1066 for Routledge. You can follow her progress via her website: Vanessa’s expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine!

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