Project blog

Hosting Henry VIII at Exeter

Exeter will be hosting a weekend of Tudor festivities and living history in June 2024 as part of Historic Royal Palaces’ Henry VIII on Tour.

Henry VIII comes to Christchurch Priory

In 1510, Henry VIII arrived at Christchurch Priory on the first substantial royal progress of his reign. Now, over 500 years later, Christchurch Priory will be hosting an enactment of the pre-Reformation liturgy and music of the Lady Mass and service of Compline as might have been heard during Henry's reign.

Henry VIII's Christmas

What did Henry VIII do at Christmas? Like today, it often involved music, guests and lots of food! Find out more about royal Tudor Christmases in this piece by Anthony Musson.

Sovereign 2023: Entertaining Royalty in 1541 - Ceremony and Spectacle

Royal progresses were an opportunity for ceremony, music and performance. How successful was Henry VIII’s visit to York as a piece of theatre and royal propaganda?

Sovereign 2023: The Royal Progress of 1541

What was a royal progress, and why did Henry VIII come to York in 1541?

Sovereign 2023: The King's Manor - a short history

The King’s Manor is a key site in C.J. Sansom’s novel Sovereign. We explore the history of the building and its connection to Henry VIII.

Sovereign 2023: Sovereign and the King’s Manor

Find out more about the production of Sovereign by the York Theatre Royal, hosted in the King's Manor in 2023.

Henry Marney’s Final Progress

On 1 June 1523 a solemn cortege set off from St Swithin’s in present-day London’s Cannon Street bearing the body of Lord Henry Marney, whom Henry VIII had visited during his progress of 1522. Read more about Henry Marney and the grand manor house of Layer Marney in this blog piece.