The Dissolution of the Monasteries (HIH1408)

15 credits

The Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536-40) was a political, social and cultural revolution, the greatest drama of Henry VIII’s Reformation and the largest dispersal of property and displacement of people since the Norman Conquest. As always with such momentous events, its causes, course, and consequences are fiercely contested. In this module we will examine it from a variety of viewpoints using a wide range of evidence, documentary, literary, visual and archaeological. The Dissolution has been left largely at the sidelines of recent Reformation debates and there is an opportunity here to begin a revisionist history.