The Tudor Dynasty captures the imagination like no other period in English history. This series of talks led by British historian Dr. Elizabeth Norton will examine the world of the Tudors – and the many wives of the notorious King Henry VIII – with each week’s standalone lecture looking at a particular topic or theme.
The vast majority of people in Tudor England dramatically different lives than the royals, far away from the splendor of the royal court. However, the Tudors instigated and facilitated a considerable upheaval to commoners' lifestyles during their time in power – with growing state centralization and the threat of enclosure of common land. Britain's towns and cities were growing rapidly in size too, with considerable migration both from rural areas and, in some cases, from Europe. Society was highly stratified, with a person's opportunities determined by their social class. For women, life was often constrained, with most entering service before marrying and starting a family of their own.
About Your Expert
Dr Elizabeth Norton is a British historian, specialising in the Tudor period. She has degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge universities and King's College London. She is the author of twelve books, including 'The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women', 'The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor' and biographies of four of Henry VIII's wives. She regularly appears as an expert on television.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
What an inclusive discussion of the possible happenings in the daily lives of the common people around the 16th century. One often reads and learns about the rich and powerful in history but not the more prevalent population. This seminar covered the latter and enriched my knowledge about how they lived, what challenges they faced, and how they fared. City and country folk were included. Use of the 7 ages of man life cycle provided a nice framework to traverse through the life of the common person with distinction between male and female lives, as appropriate. Insertion of the nice video about scenes along the city streets in Tudor times was great (like a drone flight through and above the streets of old)! Dr. Norton's knowledge and research was evident and her delivery of content very nice.
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