April 1509 Henry VIII takes refuge in the Tower of London.
Public image – kills Empson and Dudley.
Coronation = cloth of gold, jewels on horseback, Hall’s Chronicle, Thomas More – lawyer commissioned to make a speech, “golden age”.
Humanism influenced More and Henry, also chivalry – Erasmus,
Eltham Palace – Henry was raised away from the centre of London.
John Skelton taught him Latin, French, etc. Influenced by Margaret Beaufort and William Blount Lord Mountjoy.
New learning – grammar, rhetoric, morals, history. History of his own ancestors.
1503 Prince Henry was betrothed to Katherine of Aragon.
Strength of the Tudor family – influence, wealth, power. Demonstrated by buildings like King’s College Chapel.
Greyhound = loyalty, dragon = Welsh roots, portcullis – Yorkist, red rose, Lancastrian.
Lady chapel in Westminster Abbey is Henry VII’s burial place.
Royal residences – changed, not castles with moats, supposed to display wealth, power and peace.
Hampton Court – William Bolton, renaissance and classical.
Royal family, envoys and foreign ambassadors – has to appeal to lots of people.
Demonstrates “European ambition”.
Tapestries – stories and morals. Thomas Campbell – portable to move with the court, practical, could be used as propaganda. Expensive to make/buy. Cost £100 compared to a Holbein painting £5.
Hampton Court eclipsed Henry’s palaces. Henry lost Westminster in a fire in 1512. Henry tried to build a copy in 1516 called Newhall – doesn’t exist today, replaced by an Elizabethan copy.
Supported Tudor dynasty – Tudor rose, pomegranate.
Field of the Cloth of Gold 1520.
Little to do with peace – “cultural warfare” and ostentation.
Nobles tried to emulate their king – ostentation, ambition, leave an impression on the king.
Tudor celebrations – music, dancing, masqueing, drinking and feasting. Henry composed and performed ‘gentil prince de renom’.
No one dared criticise him “patron rather than creator”.
Could overstep the mark – threatened. Thornberry Castle and the Duke of Buckingham, executed 1521, claim to the throne.
Debate = divorce and great matter. Defence of the sacraments earned Henry the title defender of the faith – now seems hypocritical.
Andrea Clark – British library, book of hours.
1527 “scruples of conscience” – Leviticus vs. Deutronomy, contrary to divine law, pope couldn’t dispense, monastic libraries.
Henry’s own intellectual prowess.
Henry was very involved – notes and highlighting, intellectual foundations.
Henry thought he was being punished for sin – marrying his brother’s wife, no male heir.
Realism in visual arts. Hans Holbein 1526 arrived in England.
Painted the family of Thomas More and got a position at court. 1527 French embassy, Holbein started work at Greenwich – triumphal arch at the banqueting house, painting of the Battle of the Spurs 1513.
Court painters had to have a range – portraits, sets, etc.
Whitehall mural destroyed 1698 – Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York – Henry’s most famous portrait.
Elaborate, distortion – power, strength, wealth – defines our image of Henry today.
1 June 1533 Anne Boleyn’s coronation – More and Fisher arrested. Act of succession and act of supremacy.
Henry isolated – rooted in tradition.
Conservatism “was his trump card.”
Ruthless using any force to secure his crown and dynasty.
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