Need help with history dissertation ideas!Watch
I want to do my history dissertation on the tudor period, but I need to narrow my idea down. I have some suggestions, and need some advice.
- Comparing the lives of subjects at the beginning of the of Henry VIII's reign and at the end, highlighting the religious changes and the debasement of the coinage impacted on individuals
- Roles of individuals in Henry VIII's household
- The speed of religious change in C16 - did it come quickly or slowly? - looking at the different historiographical positions - e.g. quick top-down, slow top-down, quick from below and slow from below
Any help guys?
The religious change idea sounds interesting, but I would imagine an awful lot has already been written on it by historians. It's also a huge topic which you might struggle to do justice to in a dissertation, especially over the course of the entire century. You mention looking at the historiography, but I don't think you want to get pulled in to just providing a literature review.
I would have a chat with your tutor/advisor of studies and see what they think. The only other thing I would say is that the Tudor period is pretty long. You could consider something on Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary I, Lady Jane Grey or Henry VIII's siblings, Arthur, Mary and Margaret. Henry himself, plus his wives and daughter Elizabeth have already been very heavily written about by historians.
Best of luck with it :-)