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Eureka - History Through Art
A three-part series made for Channel Four Schools which suggests how works of art can
be studied as important sources of historical evidence, as well as for their artistic merit and enjoyment.
Focusing on one picture per programme, it shows how each work tells a story from the period in which it
was created, as well as looking at how art is represented through history.
2: Sir Henry Unton (A Tudor Gentleman)
This programme studies the memorial portrait commissioned by Sir Henry Unton's widow to record his life from
cradle to grave, including his childhood, education and his work as a diplomat and soldier in Tudor times.
Sir Henry Unton was an Elizabethan English diplomat.
Educated at Oriel College, Oxford, Unton became a member of parliament in 1584 and served with the
English forces in the Netherlands in 1585 and 1586, being present at the skirmish of Zutphen.
In 1586 he was knighted.
In 1591, through the good offices of the earl of Essex, Unton was sent as ambassador to Henry IV of France;
he became very friendly with this king and accompanied him on a campaign in Normandy
before he was recalled to England in June 1592.
Again securing a seat in parliament, he lost the favour of Queen Elizabeth for a short time.
However, in 1593 he went again as ambassador to France.
He died in the French camp at La Fere on the 23rd of March 1596.
These programmes are aimed at KS2/3 students.
Lady Unton: Dawn Purkiss
Producer: Patricia Williams
Director: Tom Stanier
Production Company: Case Television
Commissioning Company: Channel Four Schools
Video: DivX 5 720x536 25.00fps 1156Kbps
Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 44100Hz stereo 128Kbps
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