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History: insight4me History – The Tudors With Dr Katy Gibbons From University of Portsmouth & Dr Jessica Sharkey From University of East Anglia

19th June 2023 @ 11:00 - 12:00

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University of East Anglia: Dr Jessica SharkeyAssociate Professor in Early Modern History in the School of History, will present Henry VIII: The worst English king? Henry VIII is the most famous English king known for his short temper, big appetites and abundance of wives.  This session will consider afresh how successful he really was.  From gambling with the souls of his subject to vast cultural spoliation: was Henry VIII the worst monarch in English history?

University of Portsmouth: Dr Katy Gibbons, Senior Lecturer in History, will present Speaking Out Against a Tyrant: Challenging the Authority of Henry VIII. Tudor society was fundamentally hierarchical, and obedience was a powerful concept for contemporaries. So what happened when a monarch acted in ways that were seen by his subjects as problematic? This session will explore examples of Henry’s subjects speaking out against royal policy, from rude words spoken to neighbours, to printed polemic and propaganda. In doing so, it will explore the limits to royal authority and the extent to which Henry’s subjects might be seen as a threat to his power.


insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for Year 12 & 13 students, and equivalent. The sessions directly support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording an understanding of how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications, and how they vary between universities.

In this insight4me History online event for schools and colleges, University of Portsmouth and University of East Anglia will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of The Tudors, the universities have the freedom to choose their own focus and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, History and related disciplines. Student groups, and individual students and teachers are very welcome to join us.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying History at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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19th June 2023
11:00 - 12:00
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