Mid-Tudor Crisis

In partnership with National Portrait Gallery

In partnership with National Portrait Gallery

About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment | Session Type: Depth Study

Succession for the taking? The Mid-Tudor period saw the stability of the monarchy and its future legacies thrown into question.

In this session, students will analyse the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to explore the Tower’s use by Tudor monarchs as a symbol of fear and power during this turbulent period.

Through the prisoners who have left their marks on the buildings of the Tower itself, students will consider how the Tower can be used to evaluate the Mid-Tudor period and its fluctuating political landscape.

This study day will also include a session on using portraiture as historical evidence at the National Portrait Gallery.

Exam board links

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


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


  • Paper 1: Option 1B: England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion
  • Paper 3, Option 31: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603.


  • Unit 1 Y106: England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors - Unit Y107: England 1547–1603: the Later Tudors.


  • Unit 1: Option 1: Government, rebellion and society in Wales and England c.1485-1603 –
  • Unit 2: Part 1: Option 1:The Mid Tudor Crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570
  • Unit 3: Option 2: Poverty, Protest and Rebellion In Wales and England c.1485-1603.

Booking information

Friday 12 October 2018
Friday 16 November 2018
Friday 11 January 2019
Friday 8 February 2019
Friday 16 March 2019
Friday 26 April 2019
4.5 hours
Up to 35 pupils
£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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