What’s on : Lectures

Henry VIII and York

5 Apr 2023
Start time
7:00 PM
The Yorkshire Museum
Professor Bill Sheils, University of York
Henry VIII and York

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“Henry VIII and York”

Professor Bill Sheils, Professor Emeritus in History, University of York

This year the Theatre Royal are putting on a community play based on CJ Sansom’s novel Sovereign, which is based on Henry VIII’s visit to York in 1541, part of what has been called ‘the most extravagant royal progress of his reign’. The king, accompanied by a retinue of over 4000, was received by the mayor and corporation, who offered money and gifts in part as penance for the city’s role in the rebellion, known as the Pilgrimage of Grace, which took place throughout the north  in response to the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. This has been identified by some historians and the most serious threat to the Tudor regime in the period and, following their surrender to royal forces, the rebels and the communities they came from were punished harshly. The 1541 progress was a very public show of royal power to a defeated people. The lecture will explore the background of the City’s relations with the Crown, and of its involvement in the religious upheavals of the 1530s. In doing so it will discuss the nature of relations between provincial governors and central authority in the period and provide a context for the royal visit for those intending to watch or participate in the Theatre Royal’s production, which will take part in King’s Manor, formerly the lodging of the Abbot of St Mary’s in the latter half of July.

Joint lecture with guests from Glasgow Royal Philosophical Society

Lecture to be held in the Tempest Anderson Lecture Theatre, Yorkshire Museum, YO1 7DR at 7pm

Ticketing arrangements for non members will be announced later.