Tudor England | Newberry

Tudor England

Personal Monarchies, Political Reformations
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Colleen Seguin, Valparaiso University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Tudor England was an exciting era—but perhaps not for the reasons that many of our students assume. The oft-married Henry VIII and the never-married Elizabeth—historical figures romanticized in fiction and film for generations—loom larger than life in the twenty-first-century pop cultural imagination. This seminar proposes to complicate the picture a bit. Monarchs’ personalities and private lives certainly had historical significance in an era of personal monarchy, as lively debates among modern historians about Henry VIII (variously characterized as “a baby” or “a monster”) demonstrate. Assessments of how kings’ and queens’ personal decisions had profound political consequences is where the greatest vibrancy in Tudor studies resides. Was Anne Boleyn an evangelical reformer, or an opportunist? Both? Neither? Was Thomas Cromwell the real power behind Henry’s throne? Most importantly, where did England’s Reformations come from? Did the impetus for draconian religious change come from above, or below? Was the pace of that change fast, or slow? As these dramatic religious transformations continued to unfold across the reigns of Henry’s three children (and beyond), were ordinary English people victors, or victims?

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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