The Art of Monarchy began two weeks ago on BBC Radio 4 and ‘examines objects in the Royal Collection that define the British monarchy.’ (BBC Radio 4).
This eight part series is collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and the Royal Collection and includes some Tudor /Stuart related pieces.
The series features historian Dr Anna Whitelock.
Part 1 – Behind the Royal Image
Saturday 11th February
Part 1 included a miniature of Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII.
Part 2 – Friend or Foe
Saturday 18th February
Part 2 included a painting of ‘The Field of the Cloth of Gold’ and a miniature of Mary Queen of Scots.
Part 3 – Faith
Saturday 25th February
Part 3 includes the ‘Treatise against Martin Luther’, written by Henry VIII.
Part 4 – Magnificence
Saturday 3rd March
Part 4 includes ‘The Abraham Tapestries’. Acquired by Henry VIII, the tapestries were used at the coronation of Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Also featured is a silver table made for Charles II.
Part 5 – People
Saturday 10th March
Part 5 includes ‘The Wriothesley Garter Book.’ ’This book contains possibly the first contemporary view of Parliament at Blackfriars, depicting Henry VIII enthroned’ (BBC Radio 4). Also featured is a memorial ring bearing a miniature of Charles I.
Part 6 – Progress
Saturday 17th March
Part 6 includes ‘The Psaultier de David’ with an inscription by Elizabeth I and the Royal Greenwich Observatory, commissioned by Charles II, in 1675.
Part 7 – Empire and Commonwealth
Saturday 24th March
Part 8 – Legacy
Saturday 31st March
Part 8 features ‘The Whitehall Mural after Hans Holbein the Younger’ and a portrait of Richard III.