Hampton Court Celebrates 500 Years!

Thinking of visiting Hampton Court? Check out this list of things to see while you’re there!

Renaissance Clothing at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Exploring some of the fashion of Renaissance England at the V&A Museum in London.

CONFERENCES: Beyond Iconophobia: 'Decorative' art and the visual culture of Early Modern England

The following piece is my summary of a brilliant paper given by Tara Hamling on at the Institute of Historical Research on art, religion and visual culture in Early Modern England.

Places to See: Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

My visit to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest.

Sutton House: A Tudor brick home through the centuries

My visit to Sutton House, a Tudor brick home in East London, in Hackney.

Performing at the Block: Scripting Early Modern Executions

This thesis explores the executions of noble men and women in Tudor and early Jacobean England and the theatrical representations of executions that mirrored real life spectacles of deadly punishment.

Henry VIII, rebellion and the rule of law

Henry VIII, rebellion and the rule of law Steven G. Ellis (University College, Galway) The Historical Journal, 24, 3 (1981), pp. 513-531 Abstract It has been traditional to regard the reaction of Henry VIII in the face of treason and rebellion as savage and extreme. Perhaps for this reason, historians for long considered it superfluous to […]

Representations of Elizabeth I

This thesis looks at three themes in representations of the Queen in Elizabethan literature. They are: the problem of representing a female ruler; the relation between the cult of Elizabeth and the cult of the Virgin Mary; and representations of Elizabeth as Cynthia, the moon-goddess. These topics are seen as focal points for problematic issues in panegyric.

John Dee, King Arthur, and the Conquest of the Arctic

Since neither of the most significant early Arthurian pseudo-histories go so far as to place Arthur in Greenland, America, or the Arctic—although Geoffrey’s account prefigures such claims by extending Arthur’s conquests to the farthest known northern and western limits of European civilization—we must therefore turn to Dee’s own manuscripts for some illumination as to where this idea came from and how it developed.

Devising the Revels

Revels were the result of collaboration by painters, sculptors, costume designers, poets, composers, artisans, and labourers in relation to whom an appointed supervisor (beginning in 1510 called the master of the revels) stood as what we might call executive producer and director.

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