Early Tudor Court Culture

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Wednesday 29 - Thursday 30 August
Room 3, West Down Centre, West Downs Quarter, University of Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5HT

The conference brings together scholars working on the early Tudor court and is the culmination of a two-year project to transcribe, translate and make freely available the text of the Chamber Books of Henry VII and Henry VIII (to 1521) in both the original middle English/Latin and a modern English version. Using the new resource and a wide array of other material, the conference seeks to provide new insight into the lives, surroundings and culture of the first two Tudor kings.

The expense and receipt books of the King’s Chamber (known as the Chamber Books) covering 1485 to 1521 are unique. These are the earliest systematic private records of the financial decisions of an English monarch, giving an unparalleled insight into royal personality, the purchase of luxury items and material goods, the interaction of private and public, and the politics and finances of kingship. For more details on the project, please see the project’s website: www.tudorchamberbooks.org

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