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The entertainment in Tudor England

The entertainment in Tudor England


Apart from eating and drinking (and smoking), the Tudors were enthusiastic merrymakers: they liked to entertain and to be entertained. Henry VIII loved not only sport and food, but also music. He played several instruments, including bagpipes, recorders and flutes, and the virginals. His Chapel Royal included dozens of musicians, many of whom used to accompany him wherever he went.  Church music was generally written to be sung unaccompanied, but Henry liked to have trombones to accompany the plainsong of the choir.

The Blackface Minstrels

The Blackface Minstrels

The practice of actors “blacking up” is no longer seen as amusing or acceptable. The once highly popular television series “The Black and White Ministrel Show”, which featured blackened-up singing and dancing routines from 1958, notoriously fell out of favour and finally went off the air in 1978.