Southwark Cathedral are delighted to host a day of talks focusing on the Tudor Queens who shaped the history of modern Britain.





Four of the country's foremost historians on the Tudor period present four different presentations. The day will conclude with a panel discussion with our speakers, who will debate the day's talks and take questions from the audience.


If you are interested in the Tudor period or women's history then join us to discover the six wives of Henry VIII, the scandal between Elizabeth I and Thomas Seymour which led to the creation of the Virgin Queen, the dramas of courtly love and the dress and portraits of Elizabeth I.


The Cathedral hope to release further tickets for this event in due course, but this is dependent on what restrictions are in place come 19 July.


Please note that this event was originally planned to take place on the 3 July. Ticket holders should have received an email from the Cathedral via Eventbrite offering full refunds to those who cannot make this new date. If you have purchased a ticket for 3 July your ticket is valid for this event. if you would like a refund please contact us at ruth.miller@southwark.anglican.org


Sarah Gristwood - 11.30am - The Tudors in Love


Why did Henry VIII marry six times? Why did Anne Boleyn have to die? Why did Elizabeth I's courtiers hail her as a goddess come to earth? The dramas of courtly love have captivated centuries of readers and dreamers. Yet it's too often dismissed as something which only existed in books - just the usual legends of King Arthur, told and retold in thousands of ways. Not so. In this ground-breaking history, Sarah Gristwood reveals the way chivalric romance made and marred the Tudor dynasty. From Henry VIII declaring himself as the ‘loyal and most assured servant' of Anne Boleyn to Elizabeth I's poems to her suitors, the Tudors re-enacted the roles of the devoted lovers and capricious mistresses first laid out in the romances of medieval literature. Tudors in Love dissects the codes of love, desire and power, unveiling romantic obsessions that have shaped the history of this nation. In the #MeToo era, re-examining the history of the social codes behind modern romance has never been more vital.


Sarah Gristwood is the author of four previous books of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century history: the Sunday Times bestseller Arbella: England's Lost Queen; Elizabeth and Leicester; Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses; and the widely-translated Game of Queens. A former journalist, contributing to papers such as the Guardian and the Telegraph, she has also written a number of books on twentieth-century subjects. She features frequently at history festivals, and on radio and television discussing the past and present of Britain's monarchy