Study Day - Medieval: Henry II and the Angevin kings

In partnership with London Metropolitan Archives

In partnership with London Metropolitan Archives

Updated 20 July. The Tower of London is now open Wednesday - Sunday. All outdoor areas of the Tower of London are open, as well as the Crown Jewels and the White Tower. All other buildings remain closed. We hope to see you soon.

About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Medieval, War and Conflict | Session Type: Depth Study

Does the loss of the Tower mean the loss of the country? In this session students will question how the Angevin Kings of England used the Tower of London to assert and consolidate their power.

Using the physical evidence of the medieval structures and a range of written evidence, students will investigate some of the key individuals and events of the Angevin period.

Through the use of the Tower of London as a case study, students will analyse how the fortress can aid their understanding of the turbulent years of the Angevin period.

This study day will also include a session on using contemporary documents from the period at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of the Angevin period, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 2A: Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings, 1154–1216.


  • Unit 2A.2: England and the Angevin Empire in the reign of Henry II, 1154–89.


  • Unit 1 Y103: England 1199–1272.
  • Unit 3 Y303: English Government and the Church 1066–1216.


Booking information

Thursday 28 November 2019
Thursday 23 January 2020
Thursday 6 February 2020
Thursday 5 March 2020 - SOLD OUT
Thursday 19 March 2020 - SOLD OUT
4.5 hours (10.30-15.00)
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.

Please contact us on 020 3166 6646 to check availability and arrange a booking.

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