Tudors vs. Plantagenets: Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival


Anyone in London on Sunday 15th November?  I’ll be arguing the case for the Tudors at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival with Charlotte Bolland, Marc Morris, and Dominic Selwood at 8.00pm.  It should be an entertaining debate, so do come along if you can. Find out more and book tickets on the festival website.

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Henry VIII fascinates us for his greed and his murderous tendencies, his dissolution of the monasteries and his astonishing break from Rome. Elizabeth I is England’s Faerie Queene, our Gloriana. But what about the Plantagenets? 400 years before Henry VIII, the first Plantagenet – Henry II – carved an empire out of England and France that made him the most powerful prince in Europe.

He was called a modern-day Alexander the Great. His sons numbered the legendary Richard the Lionheart and the vilified King John. The dynasty he created ruled England until Richard III’s defeat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 by Henry VIII’s father, Henry Tudor. But which dynasty has the claim to be the greater?

Join renowned historians Pamela Hartshorne, Charlotte Bolland, Marc Morris, and Dominic Selwood as they battle it out. Chaired by David Horspool.

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