Join us for an illustrated talk with acclaimed historical writer Alison Weir. The author of over twenty works of historical fiction and non-fiction, Alison Weir’s latest work is Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, the first in the Six Tudor Queens series of dramatic retellings of the lives Henry VIII’s wives.
Alison Weir tells the poignant story of the King’s first wife, drawing on new research and keeping closely to the historical record. She approaches her tale from Katherine’s point of view, which affords an intimate psychological perspective on this indomitable, courageous and principled woman. Was Katherine’s union with Prince Arthur consummated? What happens when a happy royal marriage is overshadowed by dynastic pressures, doubts and the allure of an ambitious woman? Alison Weir evokes a court peopled by the luminaries of the early Tudor age – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and the magnificent figure of Henry VIII himself – a young, and athletic Henry, not yet marred by frustration and disappointment. They live in a lost world of splendour and brutality, dominated by faith and by momentous religious change – a world in which there were few saints. This was Katherine’s world, and we can only understand her properly within its context.
Alison Weir is the perfect writer to put that world into context, and for this evening she’ll be discussing her new novel and her historical work as a whole. The talk will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions and to get their book signed by Alison.
The talk will begin at 7pm, and there will be a complementary wine reception in the auditorium from 6.30pm.
Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
Tickets: £5 per ticket, including a complementary glass of wine. Simply add the required number to the basket below.
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