Why Are We Obsessed With The Tudors?

History Taster Lecture

Speaker: Dr Estelle Paranque, Lecturer in Early Modern History

Date: Monday 14 June 2021, 4:30-5:30pm

Henry VIII and his six wives, ‘Bloody Mary’ for Mary I of England, the ‘Virgin Queen’ for Elizabeth I; we all know their names and their stories, but do we, really? Movies, podcasts, documentaries, TV shows, and public history books on the Tudors continue to thrive and to be commissioned. This obsession with the Tudors never seems to end, and one might ask, ‘why?’

In this talk, Dr Estelle Paranque will explain her own fascination with them, but will also question it and discuss the stories behind the tales, the ones that you can only learn about via going through English and non-English archives.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our History Taster Lectures:

“The taster lecture was insightful, fascinating, and relevant, and shows how education can thrive in all conditions, if you put the effort in, as NCH has done!”

“Dr Paranque was so enthusiastic, and her talk was really interesting. I appreciated that she, as well as the NCH team, took time to answer questions on the talk and then NCH London itself. It was a well-rounded, informative and engaging session.”

“Incredibly informative online lectures which help give an understanding as to how the subject will be taught at university. Thoroughly pleased!”

“I really enjoyed the History taster lecture and learned so much! It was a very thoughtful and informative event that made me feel much more comfortable with my future study options.”

“The taster was enthralling and Dr Paranque’s enthusiasm and passion for the subject shone throughout. I would be happy to study this course at NCH!”

“I really loved the detail and passion that was in the lecture. I really enjoyed the session! It was informative, analytical, and current … a really great opportunity. Many thanks to everyone who made this possible!”

“The staff were all so lovely and put me at ease immediately. The lecture itself was very engaging and motivated me to continue research for my EPQ. I also liked the range of staff and students as it allowed for more in-depth answers with the Q&A.”