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Tudor Dress and Courtly Power

Discover how sumptuous dress made it possible to climb the ranks within the Tudor court.

Fashion was essential to convey messages of status, power and authority in the Tudor court. Henry VIII’s first Act of Parliament contained detailed Sumptuary Laws confining the use of certain fabrics, thus forbidding the same level of extravagance in his courtiers. When courtiers were subject to inevitable plots and rebellions, it was no surprise they used dress as a competitive weapon. Discover how sumptuous dress made it possible to climb the ranks within the Tudor court, and what happened when courtiers wore the wrong thing?


Eleri Lyn | talks


Date and Time:

7 November 2017 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



Historic Royal Palaces
Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey
020 3166 6626

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Concession price for tickets is: £13.50
Doors open at 18.40 for a 19.00 start.

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