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The Tudors: Famous for Five Centuries<sup>*</sup>

DAVID STARKEY

in Tudorism

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264942
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.003.0014

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Tudors: Famous for Five Centuries*

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This chapter addresses the question of why the Tudors have been famous for five hundred years. One reason is the availability of actual representations of them through art, which allows people to see what every one of them looked like, or at least what they wanted us to think they looked like. Another is their extraordinary life story. The Tudors are almost the perfect soap — a drama powered by the mechanics and dramas of family relationships.

Keywords: art; family relationships; Tudors; Tudor period; fame

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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