Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Question from Afroz - Ideas for Henry VIII-related Sociology dissertation

Hi, I am an undergraduate Sociology student at the University of Nottingham. I am extremly fascinated by the court of Henry the Eight especially the relationships, lives and roles of the women around him. I want to do a dissertaion which is based around his queens. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how I could do a disseration on his Queens but relate to Sociology? I was thinking of maybe doing a comparative study on the roles of the women in that period in comparison to the roles of women in more contempoarary society?

Any reading lists and ideas will be most helpful.



kb said...


I did my doctorate at Nottingham!

You might want to start with
'English Aristocratic Women, 1450-1550 Marriage, and Family, Property and Careers' by Barbara J. Harris. It's in Hallward library. She doesn't do the queens specifically but she covers elite women and it would give you some sociological context.

You could then sample Eric Ives biography of Anne Boleyn?

tudor princess said...

Hi, another interesting read is "Divorced, Beheaded, Survived" by Karen Lindsey which examines Henry's wives from a feminist perspective.