Mid-Tudor crisis

Hampton Court Palace will be closed on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Depth study

Does change always impede stability? Hampton Court palace saw use by three mid-Tudor kings and queens over a decade, all with very different aims and agendas.

In this session students will evaluate the stability of the monarchy as both religion and the nature of court itself shifted with the changing religious priorities of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. 

Reading the building and contemporary sources, students will analyse elements of the apparent crises of the Mid-Tudor period through the uses of this key location during many significant challenges and victories for Tudor monarchs.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of the Mid-Tudor period, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 part two.


  • Unit 1B England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion.


  • Unit 1 Y106 England, 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid-Tudor Crises 1547–1558).
  • Unit 1 Y107 England 1547–1603: The Later Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558).


  • Unit 3 (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603.
  • Unit 2 (AS): The Mid-Tudor crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 part 1: problems, threats and challenges c.1529-1553.
  • Unit 4 (A2): The Mid-Tudor crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570.

Booking information

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.30, 13.00


90 minutes


Up to 35 students


£12.58 per student
If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group.

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