The Tudors


As evidenced by the success of Netflix series The Tudors and Hilary Mantel’s award-winning Wolf Hall, we are fascinated by the Tudor period of English history. Running from the ascent of Henry VII to the throne in 1485 until the death of his granddaughter Elizabeth I in 1603. this period was hugely significant in the nation’s history.

Under these five monarchs, we saw the dramatic creation of the Church of England, the England Renaissance in the arts, and countless intrigues and power struggles. If you want to go beyond what you’ve seen on television and learn more about this period from academic experts, this course could be for you!

Uncover the turbulent history of Tudor England and its lasting impact

From magnificence and martyrs to weddings and war, the Tudor period was one of the most eventful in British history. The reigns of the five (or was it six?) monarchs during the late fifteenth to seventeenth century has enthralled historians, students and television and film producers alike.

On this course you will compare the rule of the Tudor monarchs and examine the significant political, religious and cultural changes of the period. You will be taught by renowned scholars on Tudor England from the University of Roehampton who will reveal how this era has shaped modern-day British politics.

What topics will you cover?

  • Overview of British history from 1485 and 1603
  • Introduction to the Tudor monarchy
  • Overview of political dynasties in Tudor England
  • Explore aspects of social history from 1485 and 1603
  • Introduction to the legacy of the Tudor dynasty

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Explain the legitimacy and legacy of the Tudor dynasty in British history
  • Engage with the social and political history of the Tudor era
  • Evaluate the significance of the Tudor dynasty in British history
  • Interpret the cultural artifacts, artwork, literature, and heritage sites of the Tudor era

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone with a general interest in the British monarchy, heritage and history. This includes students studying the Tudors in English, drama or history courses.

Who developed the course?

University of Roehampton

Set on London’s most beautiful campus, the University of Roehampton offers a high-quality student experience with outstanding staff and facilities.


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