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Tudor Queenship: Mary I and Elizabeth I, 1553-1603


Value: One unit


Dr Anna Whitelock


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars 


3-hour exam (90%), oral presentation (10%)

Between 1553 and 1603 England found itself in the unprecedented situation of being ruled by two queens, Mary and her sister Elizabeth.  Focussing on issues such as politics, religion, personnel, ceremony and foreign relations, students will explore new ways of understanding both queens, focusing on continuities as well as change and challenging commonplace arguments as to their relative success or failure. Students will also examine the reputation and subsequent representation of these queens in text, image and film. Underpinning the course is an attempt to recast the traditional trajectory of Tudor monarchy by reconsidering the queens in relation to their male counterparts and in the broader context of European Renaissance monarchy.

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