It is the year of our Lord 1536, and it is a difficult time in the court of King Henry VIII. His second wife, Anne Boleyn, has not produced a male heir and has fallen out of favour with the King. Rumours are swirling about the Queen’s behaviour – is it possible she has committed treason? What might Henry do?

The morning thrusts the children into the intrigue as they become members of King Henry VIII’s household, performing a variety of everyday 16 th century tasks. Typical workstations on the day include:

  • Scholars (ink making and writing)
  • Scent bag makers
  • Alchemists
  • Soap ball makers
  • Apothecary
  • Chandlers
  • Barber surgeon
  • Leather workers
  • Embroiderers
  • Miniature painting

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As the children are working, more rumours swirl around Anne Boleyn – both for and against – as well as possible heirs and a possible new love interest for the King. The narrative reaches its climax in the afternoon with a royal banquet.

This school workshop can be adapted to look at a variety of topics, including a Tudor Christmas or Elizabeth I.