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Pictures and Propaganda: The Printed Image in England, 1500-1700 (HIST10467)







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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the History department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course examines the printed images that were produced in London during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It analyses what this graphic form of source material reveals about political opinion and religious belief, social attitudes and cultural life in Tudor and Stuart England. This was a formative era in print making and such a powerful medium reflects some of the major events and significant forces that transformed British national life during the early modern period.

Course Description

This honours course explores the variety of printed images that were produced in London between 1500 and 1700. This was a seminal age in print making and established the techniques and topics that were to define the medium thereafter. Tudor and Stuart England witnessed momentous events such as the Reformation, the Civil Wars, and the Glorious Revolution. At the same time, it experienced significant change in economy, society and culture. These signal developments are reflected in the graphic art of the period which provides a medium through which to explore the forces that transformed life in Britain during the early modern era. The course will develop skills of identifying the major artists, engravers and publishers who created and disseminated these images. It will help students to recognise the various techniques involved in their production, including woodcut, engraving, etching, and mezzotint. Themes to be explored will include the circumstances that lay behind the making of graphic art, the audiences at which it was aimed, and the impact that it had. These classes will seek to interpret the intricate symbolism and coded messages that this material often contained, and investigate the contemporary political, religious, and social contexts that help to explain its meaning and influence.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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