Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds A crown won on a battlefield. A much married King who killed two of his wives. An unmarried virgin queen, who defeated an invasion. In this course, we’ll explore one of the most pivotal, tumultuous, and fascinating periods in English history. We’ll look at the lives of the five or six monarchs who made up the Tudor dynasty, from magnificence to martyrs, from weddings to wars, from reformation to rebellions. We’ll take you all the way from Henri VII’s victory at Bosworth Field in 1485, through to Elizabeth I’s death in 1603. Along the way, we won’t forget the infamous King Henry VIII, and all his wives, the boy King, Edward VI, the martyred Lady Jane Grey, and England’s first undisputed queen regnant, Mary I.
Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds The lives of those monarchs will form the spine of our course together. But along the way, we’ll consider politics, religion, art, history, architecture, dress, gender, material culture, literature, poetry, and theatre. We’ll delve deep into the political and cultural world of Tudor court. We’ll also think about the posthumous reputation of the Tudors. How important were they, and why they remembered? We’ll consider why, hundreds of years after they lived, we still are fascinated by them. Come with us on a journey, to explore the places, meet the people, and relive the events of one of the most important and significant dynasties in English history, the Tudors.