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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?
Wednesday 11 October
Born to a scoundrel father in the lowly back streets of London, Cromwell, a man of many talents quickly rose to favour at Henry’s court. The ambitious Cromwell dismantled the English Catholic church, and with a reformist zeal was largely responsible for the dissolution of England’s monasteries. Yet despite his loyalty to the king he was ultimately executed at the Tower of London for treason. How did this faithful servant shape the protestant England we know today? And what of his fall from grace?
Tracy Borman, writer, historian and joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. Past ventures have seen her work for the Heritage Lottery Fund, The National Archives and English Heritage. She is also a public broadcaster with a host of regular radio appearances and she often contributes to history publications, most notably BBC History. In addition, Tracy has also published numerous books, including Thomas Cromwell: the hidden story of Henry VIII's most faithful servant, and her most recent being The Private Lives of the Tudors.
Tuesday 7 November
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?
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.
Tuesday 14 November
A building can shape an entire way of life. At Hampton Court Palace it provided a stage for some of the most significant events in English history. For a Tudor monarch and their courtiers their building can tell us about politics, diplomacy and court etiquette of the time. Discover the elaborate architectural homebuilding projects of the royal Tudors and how they shaped the lives of those that lived inside them.
Simon Thurley, writer, architectural historian, broadcaster and former Chief Executive of English Heritage and Museum of London. After reading History at university and completing an MA and PhD, Simon has devoted his career to working with history, museums, archaeology and heritage. Since 1989 he has regularly featured on Television and radio presenting on history and heritage programmes. In addition he has published numerous books including his most recent, Houses of Power: The places that shaped the Tudor world.
One of the undoubted highlights of a visit to Hampton Court Palace is the sparkling re-creation of Henry VIII's crown on display in the Royal Pew.
Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace Gardens are beautifully constructed and maintained, making them an unmissable attraction.