The life of the future Elizabeth I was full of danger and intrigue. Declared illegitimate following the execution of her mother when she was two years old, Elizabeth faced an uncertain future. When her father, Henry VIII, died in January 1547, the teenaged princess was left unprotected and was preyed upon by her stepmother's new husband, Thomas Seymour, who had already considered marrying her. This seminar will look at the relationship between Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour, which ultimately led to Seymour's execution and placed Elizabeth in very considerable danger.
Led by an expert on the Tudor period, Dr. Elizabeth Norton, this conversation will look in-depth at the life of Elizabeth I, focusing on her childhood under Henry VIII and her teenage years during the reign of her half-brother, Edward VI. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the woman who would ultimately become England's greatest 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.