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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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Now on exhibit at Folger Great Hall: Vivat Rex! Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII — Rare books, manuscripts, handwritten letters, and prints offer an in-depth look at the real Henry and the machinations of his court in a time of extraordinary change for England. First seen at the Grolier Club in New York.


About the book:

Luxurious, beautiful, and portable, tapestry was the pre-eminent art form of the Tudor court. Henry VIII amassed an unrivaled collection over the course of his reign, and the author weaves the history of this magnificent collection into the life of its owner with an engaging narrative style.

Now largely dispersed or destroyed, Henry’s extensive inventory is here reassembled and reveals how, through tapestry, Henry identified himself with historic, religious, and mythological figures, putting England in dialogue — and competition — with the leading courts of Early Modern Europe while promoting his own religious and political agendas at home.

Campbell’s original account sheds new light on Tudor political and artistic culture and the court’s response to Renaissance aesthetic ideals. Sumptuously illustrated with newly commissioned photographs, this stunning re-creation of Europe’s greatest tapestry collection challenges the predominantly text-driven histories of the period and offers a fascinating new perspective on the life of Henry VIII.

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