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Tunstall and The Tudors: The Calculating Bishop


Cartoon of Bishop Tunstall at the centre, surrounded by Tudor monarchs.


Meet Cuthbert Tunstall: bishop, scholar, diplomat, builder, and author of England’s first maths book. He might just be the most important man in Tudor England that you’ve never heard of.

Cuthbert was Prince-Bishop of Durham from 1530 to 1559. He lived through a time of religious and political chaos as a sometime friend, sometime enemy of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

Visit the exhibition to find out how he survived and thrived in this turbulent period using compromise, persuasion, a shrewd sense for danger and a little bit of luck.

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