The Tudors

Richard Cosgrove
MONDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
January 25 - April 4, 2016. No class on March 14.
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The Tudors

Spring 2016
In Session
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
January 25 - April 4, 2016. No class on March 14.


Main Campus



Why study the Tudors? This dynasty has a special place in English history because it presided over the transition from medieval to modern (or so most historians, but not all, argue). In addition, the major figures, especially Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, have long fascinated historians and the general public. This period also contained the Reformation in England that separated the English church from the papacy in Rome.

The Tudors have transcended the sphere of history, for they are now the rock stars of contemporary media. In movies, novels, and television series the Tudors live on, achieving notice unmatched by any other family. This course will examine the contemporary fame of the Tudors, try to separate fact from fiction, and set the Tudor century in appropriate context.


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Meet Your Professor

Professor Emeritus
Department of History

Richard Cosgrove served in the Department of History at the University of Arizona from 1967 to 2003, retiring as a University Distinguished Professor. His teaching covered all eras of English history from the beaker people to Tony Blair. He published five books in his research area of English legal and constitutional history.  


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