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TudorismHistorical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century$
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Tatiana C. String and Marcus Bull

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264942

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.001.0001

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The Tudors: Famous for Five Centuries*

The Tudors: Famous for Five Centuries*

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(p.261) 13 The Tudors: Famous for Five Centuries*
Source:
Tudorism
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DAVID STARKEY

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.003.0014

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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