Tudor History: Henry VIII's Lost Son with Dr. Elizabeth Norton

Tudor History: Henry VIII's Lost Son with Dr. Elizabeth Norton


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Henry VIII's difficulties in obtaining a son and heir are widely known. What is less well known is that, in 1519, his mistress, Bessie Blount, gave birth to a son, who was acknowledged by the king. This boy, Henry Fitzroy, was given the title of Duke of Richmond and Somerset by his father and was regarded by many as a possible successor to the throne. Our conversation will look at Fitzroy's life and political importance, ending with his early death in 1536–something that once again left the Tudor succession dangerously exposed.

Led by an expert on the Tudor period, Dr. Elizabeth Norton, we will discuss the life and importance of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, the only acknowledged illegitimate son of Henry VIII. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the wider Tudor Dynasty, as well as Henry VIII's attempts to ensure that he had a son to succeed him.

To learn more about the Tudor dynasty, we invite you to explore additional installments in this series of conversations, led by Dr. Norton.

Dr Elizabeth Norton is a British historian, specialising in the Tudor period. She has degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge universities and King's College London. She is the author of twelve books, including 'The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women', 'The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor' and biographies of four of Henry VIII's wives. She regularly appears as an expert on television.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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