Saturday 9 October
Lord Leycester Hospital
At the Tudor Court, textiles were ubiquitous in decor and ceremony. Tapestries, embroideries, carpets, and hangings were more highly esteemed than paintings and other forms of decorative art. In 16th century Europe, fine textiles were so costly that they were out of reach for average citizens, and even for many of the nobility.
Join Eleri Lynn as she tells the story of textiles during the long Tudor century, from the ascendance of Henry VII in 1485 to the death of his granddaughter Elizabeth I in 1603. That story places textiles – elaborate tapestries, imported carpets, lavish embroidery, and more – within the context of the religious and political upheavals of the Tudor court, as well as the expanding world of global trade, including previously unstudied encounters between the New World and the Elizabethan court. Eleri also considers the Field of the Cloth of Gold, a magnificent two-week festival – and unsurpassed display of golden textiles – held five centuries ago, in 1520.