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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Courts and Spaces: Access, Privilege, and the Visual Performance of Monarchy from Tudor to Stuart

Video released on 6 July 2020 and available throughout the Conference week

A pre-recorded taster video will be presented in lieu of the planned 'Courts and Spaces' strand, which will return as part of the 2021 Conference (6-8 July).

Session abstract:

Bridging the Reformation, this panel interrogates the shifting choreography of the transitioning Tudor to Stuart Courts. Addressing spatial dialogues between image and onlooker, symbol and signification, we consider contemporary dialogues between the monarch and their court. Socio-spatial hierarchies operated domestically, diplomatically, and dramaturgically in relation to the operation and structures of power. Each paper explores the dynamic of court and courted under Tudor and Stuart monarchs from James IV of Scotland to Charles I. This panel maps the transformations of perception of the court as a private, performative, and politicised space.


James Taffe, Durham University

‘Her ladyes could not conteyne it within their brestes’: The queen’s Privy Chamber, 1509-1547.

Rachel Porteous, Glasgow University

‘Faine wold fooles have counterfooted France’: Foreign influences in entertainment at the Renaissance Scottish court, 1488-1567.

Jessica Secmezoy-Urquhart, St Andrews University

No Door Closed to Them: Neurodiverse Court Fools and Bodily diverse Wonders in the Renaissance Royal Courts and Households of England and Scotland.

Fergal Leonard, Durham University

"In Hunt of Strange Gods: Henry Leigh and the Pursuit of Preferment in the English and Scottish Courts (1585 – 1601)".

Kimberley Foy, Durham University

The Caroline Re-Formation: Space, choreography and iconography at the English court, 1603-1642.

Kathleen Foy, Durham University

“Thou hast wak’d/ A Lyoness”: rousing the vox populi James Shirley’s The Politician