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Armour of George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland

Duration: 02:51

As part of the Handmade in Britain season, in conjunction with the Victoria & Albert Museum, art historian and curator Tobias Capwell celebrates the great age of armour. Referencing the unstoppable rise of the Royal Almain Armoury at Greenwich, he tells the forgotten story of how Henry VIII fused German high technology with Renaissance artistry in the pursuit of one aim - to become the very image of the perfect knight. Using the talents of foreign craftsmen and his court artist Hans Holbein, Henry transformed himself into a living metal sculpture. His daughter Elizabeth I further exploited that image, making her courtiers parade before her in the most innovate and richly decorated works ever commissioned in steel.

Available since: Wed 2 May 2012

Credits

Presenter
Tobias Capwell
Director
Ben McPherson
Executive Producer
Franny Moyle
Presenter
Tobias Capwell
Director
Ben McPherson
Executive Producer
Franny Moyle

This clip is from

Metalworks! The Knight's Tale

2/3 Tobias Capwell celebrates the great age of armour during Henry VIII's reign.

First broadcast: 09 May 2012

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