The Renaissance Prince became the model of good governance during the 16th century, but what did it mean? This course we will look at the approaches of different rulers around the British Isles to analyse if and how they presented themselves as Renaissance Princes. Discussing and revising what we understand the model to be and understanding where it is suitable to apply. Some of the themes this course will look at legitimization of authority, how rulers responded to the challenges of the Reformation, how these rulers interacted with one another, and how it is that each example constructed their own public image. The course will explore these themes through the work of recent scholars, understanding how historians have looked at the ideal of the Renaissance Prince and how they have challenged what it meant both in the past and for us in the present.