The House of Dudley: A New History of Tudor England - A Talk by Dr Joanne Paul

Talk Heritage
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  • Time

    6:30 PM

  • Price

    £7.00 plus booking fee

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Told for the very first time, this is the shocking and extraordinary story of the most-conniving and manipulative Tudor family you've never heard of



The Dudleys thrived at the court of Henry VII, but were sacrificed to the popularity of Henry VIII. Rising to prominence in the reign of Edward VI, the Dudleys lost it all by advancing Jane Grey to the throne over Mary I.

That was until the reign of Elizabeth I, when the family were once again at the centre of power, and would do anything to remain there . . .

With three generations of felled favourites, what was it that caused this family to keep rising so high and falling so low?

Here, for the first time, is the story of England's Borgias, a noble house competing in the murderous game of musical chairs around the English throne. Witness cunning, adultery and sheer audacity from history's most brilliant, bold and skulduggerous family.

This event will take place in the Cathedral library and will be in-person only and not streamed or recorded.

Doors will open at 6.15pm and copies of The House of Dudley: A New History of Tudor England will be available to purchase on the evening.

Dr Joanne Paul is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex. A BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker, her research focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods. She has written for the Cambridge University Press 'Ideas in Context' series, and has been widely praised for her work on Thomas More, William Shakespeare, Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes. The House of Dudley is her acclaimed first book.