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Part three of a five-part masterclass series.

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The sheer drama of the Tudor period, with a king who married six times, a Virgin Queen and a royal court that eclipsed all others in magnificence, has made it one of the most enduringly popular in English history. They withstood rival claimants and overseas foes to become one of the greatest dynasties in English royal history. Henry VIII brought the crown to the apogee of its power, but the lack of male heirs plagued him and his successors and in 1603 the Tudors gave way to the Stuarts. The kingdoms of England and Scotland were united for the first time in their history, but as this talk will show, the Stuarts’ obsession with the Divine Right of Kings almost destroyed the monarchy forever.

The lecture will run for 45 minutes followed by 30 minute Q&A.

All attendees will receive a study pack to accompany each lecture, containing an original document picked by Tracy to discuss with her in the Q&A, a bespoke feature, detailed timeline and quiz.

Fri, Jan 21, 2022 · 12:30 PM London (GMT 0:00)
Tracy Borman
Tracy Borman is a best-selling author and historian, specialising in the Tudor period. Her books include Elizabeth’s Women, which was Book of the Week on Radio 4, Thomas Cromwell: the untold story of Henry VIII’s most faithful servant, which was a Sunday Times bestseller, The Private Lives of the Tudors and most recently Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. Her debut novel, The King’s Witch, was published in 2018 and the final book in the trilogy, The Fallen, was published in 2020.

Tracy has presented a number of history programmes for Channel 5, Yesterday TV and the Smithsonian Channel, including The Fall of Anne Boleyn, Inside the Tower of London and Henry VIII and the King’s Men. She is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and gives talks on her books across the country and abroad. She works part-time as joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and as Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust.
Rhiannon Davies
Rhiannon Davies is the section editor of BBC History Magazine and Tudor ambassador for HistoryExtra. She hosted Tracy Borman’s five-part Tudor Queens masterclass in 2020, and appears regularly on the HistoryExtra podcast. She is also the host of This Week in History, a weekly podcast and video series with popular historian Dominic Sandbrook.