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'The Tudors and Stuarts' Study Day Event

'The Tudors and Stuarts' day
10:00 - 16:00
23 November 2013
Avenue Campus Highfield Road Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

We will be holding a one-day cultural event on Saturday 23 November consisting of a series of short talks led by experts from within History at Southampton. This thought provoking and inspiring conference will provide you with the opportunity to learn and engage in discussion about the Tudors from academics of international distinction.

During this study day we will explore various cultural and political aspects of Tudor and Stuart life. The topics reflect the current research interests of members of the History department and they cover a broad range of themes. These include the life and reputation of Anne Boleyn, the purpose and significance of gift giving at the Elizabethan court, perceptions of masculinity during the English Civil War, attitudes towards gypsies and the life and reputation of Prince Rupert of the Rhine’s famous witch-dog ‘Boy’.


  • Prof George Bernard: 'The Life and Reputation of Anne Boleyn'Drawing on extensive research and his highly significant book Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions (2011), Professor Bernard will present his compelling analysis of Henry VIII's second queen in terms of her significance, her reputation and the question of her guilt.
  • Prof Maria Hayward: 'New Year's Gifts at the Court of Elizabeth I'This talk will explore the significance of gifts given and received on New Year's Day during the reign of Elizabeth I. It will consider the range of gifts given to the queen, including clothing, jewellery, food and books, and what can be gleaned about who made the gifts, how they were selected and why they were important.
  • Prof Mark Stoyle: 'The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War'This talk explores the fantastical stories which circulated around the Royalist commander Prince Rupert of the Rhine and his dog,'Boy', during the English Civil War of 1642-46; stories which claimed that the Prince was bullet-proof and that his pet was a witch in canine form. Who was responsible for circulating these bizarre tales, and what was their wider significance?
  • Dr Jennie Cobley: 'Quit yourselves like men': Gender, Politics and Print during the English Civil War'Drawing on the wealth of printed literature that has survived from the civil-war period, this talk will examine the ways in which manhood was moulded during the conflict; the methods that were used to undermine the manliness and potency of the opposition; and the deeper political significance of these accusations.
  • Dr Julie Gammon: 'Attitudes to Early Modern Gypsies'This session will draw on original research to look at English perceptions of the arrival of communities of travelling gypsies in the early modern period. It will investigate the roots of modern stereotypes about gypsy-travellers that continue through to the modern day by exploring Tudor and Stuart legislation and cultural representations.


£31 full rate

£21 loyalty rate (Harbour Lights Members, Friends of Parkes, English Teachers Network, university staff and alumni)

£11 discount rate (students/sixth form & college students and those in receipt of income-based Job Seeker's Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Council Tax or Housing Benefit)

All prices include lunch and refreshments


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