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The King’s Pearl

by Melita Thomas

by Melita Thomas

When

  • 5 March 2018
Doors open at 13:45 for 14:00 start

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Price: £15 including refreshments

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Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Katharine of Aragon, is one of England’s most controversial monarchs. Decried for years as ‘Bloody Mary’, academics are looking afresh at her achievements as the first English queen-regnant, as well as the failures. 

But Mary, like us all, was influenced by her upbringing and her relationship with her parents. In ‘The King’s Pearl: Henry VIII and his daughter Mary’, Melita Thomas explores the father-daughter dynamic, from its early happy affection, through the dark days of the annulment, to the relative calm of Henry’s last years. Mary emerges as a more interesting, and more complex personality than you may expect.

 

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A Live Interpreter dressed as a Tudor Yeoman of the Guard, wearing a red livery coat with HR and Tudor Rose, and holding a halberd.

The shadow of Henry VIII is gone. Music, dance and fun fill the air. Have you got what it takes to make friends with the old king’s children? And is romance at last in the air for ex-Queen Katherine Parr?

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