Alison Weir and Elizabeth Norton: Tudor Women – Queens and Commoners 

Thurs 13 Oct
12:30 - 13:30
The Guildhall
£10, £9 concessions

Review of Katherine of Aragon: ‘Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life’
— The Guardian

What was life like for women in Tudor times? Two of our leading historical writers discuss the lives of women in the 16th century from royalty to commoner. Alison will be talking about her new novel, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, the poignant story of Henry VIII’s first wife. Drawing on new research, and keeping closely to the historical record, she relates the tale from Katherine’s point of view.

The result is an intimate psychological perspective on this indomitable, courageous and principled woman. Elizabeth’s book, The Lives of Tudor Women, explores the seven ages of the Tudor woman, from childhood to old age, through the examples of women such as Elizabeth Boleyn (mother of Anne), wet nurse Cecily Burbage, and Elizabeth Barton, a peasant girl lauded as a prophetess. Both writers show that it was time of powerful and characterful women in a way that no era of English history had seen before. 

On The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor: ‘This is how historical writing should be... the best history book I’ve read in a long time’
— Alison Weir