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History Festival on Sunday – 500 years

24 September 2023 |10:00 am - 5:00 pm

History Festival - Sunday Three Top Historians talking on topics closely related to the events and people at Layer Marney Tower. And a debate that might have changed the course of History!

This is going to be another fascinating day, some of this history directly related to people at Layer Marney Tower

10.30 – 11.30            Professor Steven Gunn, Professor of Early Modern History, Merton College, Oxford

                                 Henry Marney and the Tudor Court

Sir Henry Marney was one among many new men who rose under Henry VII and Henry VIII. How far did he fit a standard pattern – in his origins, his skills, and the ways he sought to serve the crown and establish his family – and how lucky was he to survive in the dizzy world of Tudor politics?

12.00 – 13.00           An “Off to the Tower” debate

Various of our Speakers have chosen Tudor figures and will help the audience decide who is not going to be sent to the Tower. This is a variation on a Balloon debate. Having heard good reason why the character should not have their head cut off, you, the audience vote who goes to the Tower. This is a light hearted affair and if true could have changed the course of History. So far we have Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham (who actually had his head chopped off), Henry Marney (of course), Henry VIII himself (this is still a flexible story!)


14.00 – 15.00           Dr. David Starkey Historian and Broadcaster

                              Young Henry VIII

Larger than life in every sense, Henry VIII was Britain’s most absolute monarch – but he was not born to rule. David Starkey follows the promising young prince – a Renaissance man of exceptional musical and athletic talent – as he is thrust into the limelight after the death of his elder brother. His subsequent quest for fame was as obsessive as that of any modern celebrity, and his yearning for a male heir drove him into dangerous territory.


15.30 – 16.30          Susan Moore Historical Researcher

                                Henry Marney – Courtier to Two Kings

Following months of research into the life of Henry Marney, digging in all sorts of places including the National Archive, Susan has uncovered a wider story of a man who survived Civil war, worked for two Tudor Kings and established himself a major Courtier to Henry VIII. This will be first time her research has been presented and will give a much clearer idea of how someone, almost unheard of today, can build the tallest of all Tudor Palaces, without repercussions!

” Research has now brought this man to life and shown him to have been a steady and useful courtier for Henry VII, but an absolute star in the close circle of men around Henry VIII.  Physically tall, he was a soldier whose leg was broken, a man who could not share his success at court with his wife, and a man with connections to the best families in the country, he should probably be the star of a film! Flamboyant and yet strong and steady – just what was needed from a Tudor courtier”


The Tearoom will be open, or bring a picnic. There are limited seats so book early.

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History Festival on Sunday – 500 years

24 September 2023 |10:00 am - 5:00 pm


24 September 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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