Kingship, Court and Society Project
A Leverhulme Trust-funded project investigating early Tudor kingship and the culture of the court on the basis of the King's Chamber Books of Henry VII and VIII.View content
About the project
The expense and receipt books of the King's Chamber, known as the Chamber Books, are the single most important source for understanding both the public rule (kingship, government and state finance, including the infamous bonds and recognisances) and the private life (material culture, alms-giving, and the rhythms of daily life at court) of Henry VII and Henry VIII up to 1521.
Historians never used the Chamber Books systematically, due to their bulk (over 4000 manuscript pages) and their organisation, which is mainly into daily entries, and they have never been published.
This project, which started in Sept. 2016 and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, will provide a freely accessible digital edition, fully searchable and manipulable. Based on this resource, the project team will publish a major reappraisal of early Tudor kingship and the culture of the court.
Principal Investigator: Dr James Ross.
Visit the project website for more in-depth information on the project, the full research team, publications and blogs.
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Project Conference, 29/30 August 2018, University of Winchester
A conference celebrating the launch of the digital edition of the Chamber Books of Henry VII and Henry VIII (1485 - 1521).
Download the Kingship, Court and Society conference programme
Image: Richmond Palace, drawn by Antony Wyngaerde, dated 1562.
- Principal Investigator: Prof. Tony King , Professor of Roman Archaeology
- Co-Investigator: Dr Nick Stoodley, Visiting Research Fellow
Meonstoke in the media
Look for the Meonstoke project in the new BBC4 series of Digging for Britain!
Hampshire Chronicle Aug. 2017