The terrible Tudors take over the Royal Armouries on 16th/ 17th September, 10am – 5pm in an exciting Tudor-themed event.

To mark the 470th anniversary of the death of King Henry VIII (1491-1547), the museum will stage an action-packed weekend of dramatic performances, combat demonstrations, historical music and family activities to bring the period to life.

The death of King Henry VIII was a tense and dangerous time in England’s history. With wars in Scotland and France, insurrection at home, a boy king, and a succession of courtiers battling for power – the saga has all the makings of a Shakespearian tragedy.

There will be a number of fight demonstrations on display over the weekend, including a unique Elizabethan barrier combat and a two-handed sword combat, popular amongst courtiers in the Tudor and Stuart periods.

As well as a range of activities to entertain all of the family, the museum also houses a number of significant objects from the Tudor period.

Highlights include the Foot Combat and Tonlet Armours of a young King Henry VIII, the famous Horned Helmet gifted to Henry by Emperor Maximillian I, and the elaborate armours of Queen Elizabeth I’s courtiers, including that of the Queen’s favourite, the Earl of Leicester.

“The founding of the Royal Armouries collection dates from the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th-century and the Tudor items we have on display are remarkable,” said Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager. “The Interpretation Team at the museum have been busy learning new styles of combat from the period which visitors will be able to see over the weekend.

“The weekend promises to be thoroughly entertaining, and will be of special interest to families with children studying the Tudors at school, as many of the talks and presentations are designed to fit in with the history curriculum. We hope the activities will give visitors a new and unique insight into one of England’s most notorious royal dynasties”

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