Published date: 20 September 2012

This talk covers a range of documents in the collection of The National Archives to explore the clothing choices of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. It considers the types of clothing that they wore, the gifts of clothing that Henry gave to Anne and the clothing that they wore at key points in their relationship and how this provides us with insights into court culture. This draws on research published in Dress at the court of King Henry VIII (2007) and Rich apparel: Clothing and the law in Henry VIII’s England (2009).

Dr Maria Hayward is professor of early modern history at the University of Southampton. Her areas of interest include material culture at the Tudor and Stuart courts, with a particular focus on clothing and furnishings. She is currently working on a comparative study of the clothing of Charles I and Charles II.

Author: Professor Maria Hayward Duration: 00:47:35

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  1. 26 September 2012
    10:05 pm

    Liz Robinson

    I really enjoyed the audio podcast, but it would be even better if we could see the images, referred to in the lecture, on you website.

  2. 4 January 2013
    4:23 pm

    Marion Downie (admin)

    Liz, I’m afraid we are unable to display these images due to copright reasons, but here is the complete list:

    Slide 1. Henry VIII by an unknown artist, c. 1520, National Portrait Gallery, London

    Brief overview of male and female Tudor clothing
    a) Male clothing
    Slide 2: Above: 16th century man’s shirt: Right: Don Garcia de Medici’s red doublet and hose
    b) Female clothing
    Slide 3: Above: the Wadham shift; Right: Elizabeth I’s pair of bodies; Left: Replica bodies and farthingale

    Types of evidence
    a) Written
    Slide 4: An example of a warrant issued by Henry VIII ordering clothes for a member of his household
    Slide 5: A page from one of Henry VIII’s Great Wardrobe accounts

    b) Visual
    Slide 6: Henry VIII, by Joos van Cleve, c. 1535, The Royal Collection
    Slide 7: Sketches of dress by Hans Holbein

    c) Surviving objects
    Slide 8: E.g. A pair of knitted yellow silk hose made for the Elector Augustus of Saxony, c. 1552-5, Dresden
    Slide 9: There are very few items associated with Henry VIII: those that can be loosely associated with the king are a hawk hood covered in cloth of tissue, and a hawking
    glove, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Henry VIII’s clothes
    Slide 10: Henry VIII by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1536, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

    Anne Boleyn
    Slide 11: Anne Boleyn, unknown artist, National Portrait Gallery, c. 1570s, after an original from the 1530s

    Slide 12: One of Henry VIII’s love letters to Anne Boleyn
    Slide 13: Examples of enamelled jewellery from the first half of the 16th century
    Slide 14: Drawing of an unknown lady, thought to be Anne Boleyn, c. 1536, by Hans
    Holbein the Younger, The Royal Collection
    Slide 15: Double portrait of Mary Tudor and her second Husband Charles Brandon
    Duke of Suffolk, unknown artist

    Consequences – short term
    Slide 16: Francis I by Jean Clouet, The Louvre
    Slide 17: Miniature of Anne Boleyn, unknown artist.
    Slide 18: Examples of cloth of tissue and cloth of gold
    Slide 19: Drawing of Anne Boleyn at her coronation banquet, unknown artist, Royal College of Arms
    Slide 20: Drawing of the procession for the christening of prince Edward, as an example of how Elizabeth’s christening procession would have been organised
    Slide 21: Elizabeth I when Princess, c. 1547, unknown artist formerly attributed
    to William Scrots, The Royal Collection
    Slide 22: Portrait of an unknown lady, thought to be Anne Boleyn, c. 1536, by Hans
    Holbein the Younger, The Royal Collection
    Slide 23: Page from the Black Book of the Garter showing the king in his Garter robes
    Slide 24: Anne Boleyn in the Tower by Edouard Cibot 1835

    Consequences – longer term
    Slide 25: Jane Seymour, by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1536
    Slide 26: Prince Edward by Holbein c. 1539, National Gallery, Washington
    Slide 27: Elizabeth I in her coronation robes c, 1600, British School, Warwick Castle (NPG)

    Slide 28. Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors and examples of The Tudors trading cards which includes swatches of the costumes.

    We hope this is useful.

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