• 28 November 2017
Doors open at 18.40 for a 19.00 start

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Gossip & Rumour in Elizabeth I's Court

Subjected to adoration, speculation and threat, Elizabeth I confidently and cleverly used her gender to manipulate a court filled with men. What of the female members of court? Their friendship and loyalty came at a price. In a court of gossip, rumours, scandal and suspicions discover how a female queen in a man’s world changed the state of power play.

Anna Whitelock, writer, historian, broadcaster and reader in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London. She lectures on political, social and cultural history in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Anna is a regular contributor to live television broadcasts for the BBC, Sky and ITV. In addition, she has also published numerous books, including Mary Tudor: England's First Queen and Elizabeth’s Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen’s Court.

This is part of our season of evening talks at Hampton Court Palace on finding favour at court. The Tudor royal court entertained a vast community of people who provided the engine of the monarchy. From mistresses to politicians and servant to nobleman, who held the positions of power? Join us this autumn as we explore how courtiers moved up and down the Tudor court hierarchy in a dangerous game of snakes and ladders. Did they succeed or fail?

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