Sarah Gristwood


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Date and Time

20th September 2023
4:00pm - 5:00pm


St Peter's Church


Single Ticket: £14
Student Ticket: £12

For personal reasons Alison Weir has had to withdraw from the festival. We send her our best wishes. We are very fortunate however that the leading Royal historian Sarah Gristwood has kindly agreed to step in. Sarah is the author of The Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty

In this groundbreaking history, Sarah Gristwood reveals the way courtly love made and marred the Tudor dynasty. From Henry VIII declaring himself as the ‘loyal and most assured servant’ of Anne Boleyn to the poems lavished on Elizabeth I by her suitors, the Tudors re-enacted the roles of devoted lovers and capricious mistresses first laid out in the romances of medieval literature, but now with life-and-death consequences for the protagonists. The Tudors in Love dissects the codes of love, desire and power, unveiling obsessions that have shaped the history of this nation. A BBC History Magazine Book of the Year.

‘A riveting, pacy page-turner… the Tudors as you’ve never seen them before.’ Alison Weir

‘One of the most important books to be written about the Tudors in a generation. The seductively rich prose and endlessly engaging narrative bring an entirely fresh perspective to this celebrated dynasty. By placing courtly love on an equal footing with war, politics and religion, Sarah Gristwood unlocks the Tudor mindset – with fascinating and often surprising results.’
— Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors

Sarah is a writer and broadcaster and has written several books on iconic figures from the 20th century – The Story of Beatrix Potter; Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown; Vita and Virginia; and Churchill: An Extraordinary Life (with Margaret Gaskin). She has also co-authored The Ring and the Crown, a book on the history of royal weddings. She is the author of two historical novels, The Girl in the Mirror and The Queen’s Mary. A regular media commentator on royal and historical affairs, she now speaks regularly on royal and historical stories for national and international media outlets. She has contributed to many television documentary series on cinema and fashion as well as history and the monarchy, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the RSA, Sarah has been shortlisted for both the Marsh Biography Award and the Ben Pimlott Prize for Political Writing.

We hope very much you will join us to hear another expert of the Tudor period.

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