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History Festival on Saturday – 500 years

23 September 2023 |10:00 am - 6:00 pm

History Festival - Saturday Five Top Historians talking about the Tudors

This is going to be a fascinating day, with each speaker talking about topic close to their hearts.

10.30 – 11.30              Professor Ralph Houlbrooke

                                  Death and the early Tudor Nobility

This starts with a look at Lord Marney’s funeral procession as compared to other noble funerals of the time and look into what happened during the church services themselves.  He also wants to cover what the purpose of such extraordinarily expensive funerary spectacles might have been.

12.00 – 13.00             Professor Anthony Musson, Head of Research, Historic Royal Palaces

                                   Layer Marney Tower and the 1522 Royal Progress

The 1522 Royal progress to Walsingham offered time away from the public gaze and moments of privacy to pursue relationships and friendships. His soft politics   is seen in Henry’s personal choice of the courtiers to visit, and also in his use of the hunt as way of communication. Anthony Musson’s talk will cover Henry VIII’s  journey through Essex and his stay at Layer Marney Tower.




14.00 – 15.00            Tracy Borman, Author, Historian and Broadcaster

                                   Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I; Mother and daughter who changed History

Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. Two of the most famous women in British history. Their stories are as familiar as they are compelling. And yet, they have never been told together. Piecing together evidence from original documents and artefacts Tracy Borman reveals Anne Boleyn’s relationship with, and influence over her daughter Elizabeth, the celebrated Virgin Queen. In so doing, she sheds new light on an extraordinary mother and daughter who changed the course of British history forever.


15.30 – 16.30            Dr. Susan Jenkins, Curator of Westminster Abbey                                                   

                                  “The King is dead, Long Live the King!” –  The role of Funeral Effigies in Westminster Abbey

There are twenty wooden and wax effigies on display in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries in Westminster Abbey. Susan Jenkins talk introduces the Abbey’s  life-like funeral effigies made of wood or wax, including Mary I and Elizabeth I. These amazing historic sculptures are the earliest portraits of our medieval monarchs, created to stand in for the deceased royal figure. She will show how they are displayed in the new Galleries.

17.00 – 18.00            Dr. James Bettley, Architectural Historian

                                  Tudor Architecture in Essex

Essex was a very smart County during Henry 1st Lord Marney’s lifetime. This is reflected in some of the beautiful Tudor buildings still standing 500 years later.    Some are nearly complete and others are just a corner of a more modern building. James Bettley’s talk will wander round Essex and look at places like Henry VIII’s Palace at Beaulieu, the Boleyn’s house at Rochford, as well as Layer Marney Tower.

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

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History Festival on Saturday – 500 years

23 September 2023 |10:00 am - 6:00 pm


23 September 2023
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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