The John Cloake Memorial Lecture - 6 Tudor Queens at Richmond Old Town Hall
Talk, Thu 29 Sep 2016, £10
Whittaker Ave, Richmond,
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The lives of Henry VIII’s wives make for dramatic stories. In her forthcoming series of novels Alison Weir will offer fresh insights into the lives of these six queens, based on extensive research and new theories. It has become fashionable to talk up the roles of women in the past, and inevitably that has led to their being overstated; but when we consider the gritty reality of life for women in the Tudor age, and the dangers of living in a court riddled with intrigue, then the ascendancy of women such as Anne Boleyn can rightly be portrayed as a triumph, and remarkable.
Alison Weir will evoke the world of a court dominated by the will of an egomaniacal, suggestible king, and the power politics and ruthlessness that were the reality behind its magnificent façade, and relate how Henry’s six queens lived a hair’s breadth away from disaster – and how it frequently overtook them. Theirs are grim and tragic stories, set in a lost world of splendour and brutality: a world in which love, or the game of it, dominated, but dynastic pressures overrode any romantic considerations. In this world, one dominated by religious change, there are few saints.
|Thu 29 Sep 2016||19:00 to 20:00|
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