Mary I came to the throne in 1553, becoming the first woman to be crowned as monarch of England. As she rode in her coronation procession, she was attended by her younger half-sister, Elizabeth, who had now become heir to the throne. As the daughters of two rival mothers, Mary and Elizabeth had always had a turbulent relationship, something that only increased when Mary became queen. The five years of Mary's rule were marked by bitter conflict between the sisters, as Mary sought to provide a Catholic heir to frustrate her sister's succession.
Led by an expert in the Tudor period, Dr. Elizabeth Norton, this Conversation will look at the relationship between Mary I and her half-sister, the future Elizabeth I, during Mary's troubled reign. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the dynamic between the two Tudor sisters and Elizabeth's political apprenticeship in the years before she became queen.
The Tudor Dynasty captures the imagination like no other period in English history. This series of talks led by British historian Dr. Elizabeth Norton will examine the world of the Tudors – and the many wives of the notorious King Henry VIII – with each week’s standalone lecture looking at a particular topic or theme.
On August 22, 1485, an obscure Welsh nobleman named Henry Tudor surprised everyone by winning the throne of England on the battlefield at Bosworth Field. Taking the throne as Henry VII, he would be the first of five Tudor monarchs, who would rule England for 118 years. Following him was his son, the infamous Henry VIII with his six long-suffering wives, as well as his three grandchildren, Edward VI, ‘Bloody’ Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.
This series of lectures will look at the lives of these key family members and their prodigy, and contextualize their stories' impact on the modern monarchy. To view our full selection of upcoming events in the series, click here
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.