The Tudors by Charlotte Bolland

The Tudors by Charlotte Bolland – Passion, Power and Politics – is the book published alongside the special exhibition with the same name held at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. I loved the exhibition, it was very well presented and lovely to see all those important paintings under one roof.

The Tudors by Charlotte Bolland

The book is equally good, structured on themes rather than a chronological timeline, which was great. The book is available to buy online, so it is well worth getting if you like reading about the Tudors. The themes I mentioned are court culture, religion, queenship, conflict, empire, piracy and trade, and translation. I like that there were details about the trumpeter John Blanke, who is depicted on the scroll of the 1511 Tournament. He was a black Tudor and more details were given both about him and about others at the court, including people of Muslim faith. In the exhibition there were a few more portraits of black people, which just shows that the Tudor court was a more diverse place than we are thinking of today.

The Tudors by Charlotte Bolland

Details about the picture: collage with highlights from the exhibition
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: National Portrait Gallery, London
Year it was published: 2022
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History
Pages: 167

About the author: Charlotte Bolland is editor and contributors are Cassander Smith, Catherine MacLeod, Kate O’Donoghue, Susan Doran, Gillian Kenny, Frederick Smith, Monserrat Marcos, Michael Ohajuru.
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