Part five of a five-part masterclass series.

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The final talk of the series will begin with the long reign of Queen Victoria, who gave her name to one of the most self-confident ages in British history. She presided over “the empire on which the sun never sets”, and her kingdom led the world in trade and industry. Victoria’s Windsor successors weathered the storms of two world wars, but affairs of the heart posed an arguably greater threat to their crown. The abdication of Edward VIII so that he could marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson was mirrored in more recent times by the controversy surrounding Elizabeth II’s grandson, Prince Harry. Bringing us right up to date, the talk will conclude by considering what lessons Britain’s future monarchs can draw from the past 1,000 years.

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, Feb 4, 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.