The Tudors for Schools

Stylised blue-green photos of a monk, a pixellated dog, a close-up spore, a person on a hill, a toy robot and a banana wrapped in chains

The Sixteenth Century was characterised by great upheaval; religious, scientific and artistic. Within England and wider Europe, the rise of Protestantism, the explosion in global trade and the establishment of empire created new political and economic realities, whose influence is still felt today. Indeed Gresham College itself was established in 1597 with a mission to bring the ‘new learning’ of the continent to London. The playlist below explores this period, allowing students to move beyond the syllabus and experience a visceral, and perhaps surprising, Tudor England.