What was the driving force of the English Reformation?

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Depth study

True believer or fickle opportunist? Can the buildings of Hampton Court offer insight into the choices and influences of King Henry VIII?

In this session students will analyse Henry’s own personal faith, the rollercoaster of shifting dogma and factions and the people who held different sway over the king’s action.

Through study of both the physical evidence of Henry’s palace and contemporary documentary sources, students will evaluate the factors that would set the course of England for centuries to come.

Exam Board Links
This session has been designed to complement the study of the English Reformation, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 part one; 2D Religious conflict and the Church in England, c1529–c1570.


  • Unit 1B England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion.


  • Unit 1 Y106 England, 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558.


  • Unit 1 (AS) option 1 Government, Rebellion and Society in Wales and England c.1485-1603.
  • Unit 2 (AS)- option 1 The Mid Tudor Crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 Part 1: problems, threats and challenges c.1529-1553.
  • Unit 4 (A2): Part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570.

Booking information

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 students
£12.58 per student
If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group.

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