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HIST1193 The Tudors

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The short, and long, term impact and significance of the key political and religious developments that took place under the Tudors
  • How the Tudors used art and culture to present themselves as legitimate monarchs within the court and the royal household
  • When, how and why elements of the Tudor population rebelled


The Tudors – rightful rulers or usurpers, innovators or traditionalists, the most influential English royal family or not even close? Whichever answers you favour, the Tudors raised questions of legitimacy, and ushered in huge religious change, while the two Tudor queens regnant challenged the traditional view that England was ruled by a king. The module will be divided into three blocks – Henry VII and Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary, and Elizabeth – and each block will consider religion and politics, resistance to royal rule in the form of rebellion and expressions of royal power at court and within the royal household.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study276
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Timed Assignment 50%
Written assessment 50%
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