Life of a Tudor King

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By Jane Bowerconsultant to primary schools in art, drama, dance and literacy

Organise a banquet fit for a king and devise a week of leisure activities for Henry VIII

Henry VIII

The aim of these lessons is to give children an understanding of the leisure activities and interests of Henry VIII; an appreciation of how much work went into the planning of such events; and how many people were involved so that it all ran smoothly. It was essential to please the king, or severe punishment could follow! Discussion and teamwork are key elements of the following two activities. Children will need to have some background information about the king, or do their own research beforehand, in order to plan the activities.

Ages 7-9

A right royal feast!

Learning objective: to understand the style and range of food and entertainment at a royal Tudor banquet.

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