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Representing Authority from Henry VII to Charles II


Value: two units


Dr Anna Whitelock


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars and supervisions of dissertation through a series of 1-to-1 meetings


Taught unit: Oral Assessment (10%) and 3-hour Exam (90%); dissertation unit: 10,000-word dissertation (100%)

NB Not to be taken in conjunction with Group 2 course unit: HS2137 Tudor Queenship: Mary I and Elizabeth I, 1513-1603

From Holbein to Van Dyck, students will explore representations of power in the midst of the great political and religious changes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Students will consider how successful the Tudor and Stuart monarchs were in controlling their image and how authority was negotiated between ruler and ruled as can be seen in collaborative enterprises such as civic shows, royal entries and parliaments. Whilst Henry VIII and Elizabeth I might be considered masters of propaganda what of the boy king or the first queen Mary I? Might a failure of royal image explain Charles I’s deposition and the subsequent Republican interlude? This course is based on a wide range of sources from architecture, portrait painting and royal pageantry to wood cuts, medals and coinage, prayers, royal proclamation, speeches, proclamations, progresses, dress and jewellery. There is plenty of scope for students to frame and explore their own area of interest across this two hundred year period. 



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