Tudor architecture, culture and politics are studied through two of the finest buildings of the era, and Tudor people through the two best assemblies of images.
The day begins at Westminster Abbey in the Henry VII Chapel, not only the most glorious ecclesiastical Tudor building but burial place of most of the Tudor monarchs. The theme of portraiture and commemoration continues at the National Portrait Gallery, broadening to include courtiers.
Hampton Court began as the country palace of Cardinal Wolsey, one of the richest and most powerful individuals in Europe, before being sequestered by Henry VIII. Partially rebuilt and extended for William and Mary, it nevertheless retains some outstanding 16th-century interiors and works of art – great hall, chapel, private apartments, kitchens, tapestries and paintings.
The lecturer Dr Neil Younger is a specialist in Tudor politics, government and court culture. He is the author of War and Politics in the Elizabethan Counties 2012 and is currently working on a biography of the Elizabethan courtier Sir Christopher Hatton.
9.25am, Westminster Abbey (west door).
c. 6.30pm at Waterloo Station.
£215. This includes lunch, morning refreshments, admission charges and transport.
Taxis within London, return national rail between Waterloo Station and Hampton Court.
There are walks of up to 20 minutes between station and palace at Hampton Court, and a lot of standing around in galleries and buildings.
Maximum 18 participants.
We will return the full amount if you notify us 22 or more days before the event. We will retain 50% if cancellation is made within three weeks and 100% if within three days. Please put your cancellation in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. We advise taking out insurance in case of cancellation and recommend that overseas clients are also covered for possible medical and repatriation costs.
Combine the May departure with Tudor England, 8-13 May 2019.
Combine the September departure with Hampstead in the 1930s, 11 September 2019.