5-28 August - There will be reduced train service between London Waterloo and Hampton Court. Find out more

When

  • Start date: 07 November 2017
  • End date: 07 November 2017
Doors open at 18.40 for a 19.00 start

Ticketing Info

£15 / £13.50 Concessions (HRP Members, under 25s, students and ES40)

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Tudor Dress and Courtly Power

Fashion was essential to convey messages of status, power and authority in the Tudor court. Henry VIII’s first Act of Parliament contained detailed Sumptuary Laws confining the use of certain fabrics, thus forbidding the same level of extravagance in his courtiers. When courtiers were subject to inevitable plots and rebellions, it was no surprise they used dress as a competitive weapon. Discover how sumptuous dress made it possible to climb the ranks within the Tudor court, and what happened when courtiers wore the wrong thing?


Speaker
Eleri Lyn, fashion historian, author and curator at Historic Royal Palaces. She is the author of Tudor Fashion: Dress at Court, and has recently authenticated the only known surviving dress from Elizabeth I’s wardrobe. Her expertise includes historic underwear and couture fashion.  Eleri recently curated the exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, currently open at Kensington Palace.

This is part of our season of evening talks at Hampton Court Palace on finding favour at court. The Tudor royal court entertained a vast community of people who provided the engine of the monarchy. From mistresses to politicians and servant to nobleman, who held the positions of power? Join us this autumn as we explore how courtiers moved up and down the Tudor court hierarchy in a dangerous game of snakes and ladders. Did they succeed or fail?

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Discover how a female queen in a man's world changed the state of power play at Hampton Court Palace.

28 November - 28 November 2017

Doors open at 18.40 for a 19.00 start

Clock Court looking west towards Anne Boleyn's Gateway. The Astronomical Clock is visible at the top of the tower.

Discover the elaborate architectural homebuilding projects of the royal Tudors at Hampton Court Palace.

14 November - 14 November 2017

Doors open at 18.40 for a 19.00 start

Discover how this early operations manual was used to regulate ambitious courtiers who were living under Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace.

21 November - 21 November 2017

Doors open at 18.40 for a 19.00 start

Tudor Rose Cushion - Perfect for a history lover, this Tudor rose cushion symbolises the joining of two rival houses, York and Lancaster.

Tudor Rose cushion

Perfect for a history lover, this Tudor rose cushion symbolises the joining of two rival houses, York and Lancaster.

£40.00

Inspired by the Chapel Royal's magnificent ceiling, this bone china trinket box features gold stars and gilded musical cherubs.

Chapel Royal bone china trinket box

Inspired by the Chapel Royal's magnificent ceiling, this bone china trinket box features gold stars and gilded musical cherubs.

£29.00

Tudor court pendant, inspired by the carvings on Anne Boleyn’s gateway, a lasting reminder of their royal love story.

Tudor court drop pendant

Tudor court pendant, inspired by the carvings on Anne Boleyn’s gateway, a lasting reminder of their royal love story.

£150.00