tracing the tudors

Many periods in our history could justifiably claim to be “the most significant”,  but the claim that The Tudor period could lay on that title is probably more compelling than most.

As if Henry VIII’s break with the Roman church wasn’t epoch-making enough, it didn’t end there: the dissolution of the monasteries (and therefore a huge shift in the ownership of both wealth and land ); the introduction of a system of state management and government that some historians have suggested to be the direct forerunner of our own; and enough shady characters, infamy and political double-dealing to fuel a plethora of literary and TV adaptions (Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall starting later this month on BBC2 being the latest of the latter).

Tudor London is, however, a little thin on the ground; the 1666 Great fire did for a large part of it and most of what little remained has fallen victim to the ravages of time.

But the clues are there if you know where to look, so why not come and join me on my Tracing the Tudors walk (click here to see when it is next scheduled) to hunt down the locations that tell the stories of some of the key people and events of the age.