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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

Ticketing Info

Price: £15 including refreshments

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

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.

Please note: Tickets for this event go on sale on 20 November at 9:00am

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