Conference, ‘Early Tudor Court Culture. A Conference celebrating the launch of the digital edition of the Chamber Books of Henry VII and Henry VIII (1485-1521)’

The end of project conference will take place at the University of Winchester on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 August 2018. The conference can be booked here

Draft programme:

University of Winchester, 29-30 August 2018, West Downs Campus, room 3

Draft programme

Wednesday 29 August

11.00-11.45 – Registration and Coffee

11.45 – 12:00 James Ross, Introduction

Session 1: 12:00-1:00 King, Court and Chamber

12.00 – David Starkey, ‘King, Court and Chamber’

1.00-2.30 – Lunch and accommodation check-in

Session 2: 2.30-4.00 – Objects and material culture

Margaret Condon – ‘From workaday ledgers to precious manuscripts: the Chamber Books 1485-1521’

Alden Gregory – ‘The Palace at the Field of the Cloth of Gold’

Session 3: 4.30-6.00 – The Queen’s Chamber and the Early Tudor court

Ellie Woodacre – ‘From daily routine to extraordinary events: queenship in the Chamber Books’

Nikki Clark, ‘All the Queen’s Women: Female Personnel 1485-1520’

6.15 Drinks reception


Thursday 30 August

Session 4 – 9.15-10.45 – Interactions with the royal court

Margaret Condon – ‘Through a glass darkly or referencing the other? Lombards, Venetians and Italian friars in early Tudor England’

James Ross – ‘Alienated or Integrated? Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham and the Royal Court’

Session 5 – 11.15-12.45 – People and Place

Samantha Harper – ‘Court and household, Edward IV- Henry VIII’

Sean Cunningham – ‘Redefining the Tudor Royal Space: politics and patronage in Henry VII’s rebuilding works at Richmond and Westminster, 1497-1502’

12.45-1.45 Lunch

Session 6 – 1.45-3.15 – Literature

Thomas Penn – “Pliant servants’: literary culture and Henry VII’s chamber books’

Matthew Payne, ‘Quentyn Poulet: royal librarian’

3.30-4.15 – Roundtable discussion on the Chamber Books as a source for the royal court

4.15 – Depart


Other Papers by members of the project team in 2018.


Monday 4 June 2018 – Samantha Harper will be speaking at a joint session of the Tudor & Stuart seminar and the Society for Court Studies at the Institute of Historical Research, London, on ‘Continuity and Change in the Household of Henry VII and Henry VIII’. Details to follow closer to the time.

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00: Three members of the team will be speaking at a panel entitled ‘Kingship, Court, and Society: The Reign of Henry VII, 1485-1509’ at the Leeds International Medieval Congress.

– Samantha Harper, ‘The Chamber Books of Henry VII: an overview’

– Sean Cunningham, ‘Rumours and Remembrances: Connecting Gossip, Information, and Policy in the Early Tudor Court and Household, 1485-1521’

– James Ross, ‘Revolution, Evolution or plus ça change?: Henry VII and the Gentry’

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It is anticipated the conference proceedings will be published in an open-access peer-reviewed journal in 2019.

A study entitled Kingship and Political Society in England, 1485-1529: the projection and reception of royal authority under Henry VII and Henry VIII is envisaged for publication in 2020.