The Triumph of Albion, The Renaissance in England

25 September 2003 – 24 June 2004
When Henry VII, the first of the Tudors took the English crown in 1485, the old power structures of medieval Europe were already changing. Constantinople had fallen to the Ottomans in 1453, Italian dominance of international trade and banking was in decline and within Henry’s own reign the discovery of the New World would change the patterns of trade and enterprise for ever. Under the Tudors and the Stuart monarchs who followed them, little England became a major player in the emerging political and commercial worlds.