Events 2017

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty

We are delighted that Joint Chief Curator, Dr Tracy Borman will lead the next Lecture Tour to the States this Fall

The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed.

These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior. They saw the tears shed by Henry VII upon the death of his son Arthur. They knew the tragic secret behind 'Bloody' Mary's phantom pregnancies. And they saw the 'crooked carcass' beneath Elizabeth I's carefully applied makeup, gowns and accessories.

It is the accounts of these eyewitnesses, as well as a rich array of other contemporary sources that historian Tracy Borman has examined more closely than ever before. With new insights and discoveries, Tracy Borman’s lecture, ‘The Private Life of the Tudors’, based on her recent publication will reveal previously unexamined details about the characters we think we know so well.

I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.

Elizabeth I

Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces

Dr Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces

Historian and biographer, Dr Tracy Borman has worked extensively with Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation that cares for six magnificent palaces in London and Northern Ireland. Apart from her duties at Historic Royal Palaces, she often appears on television and radio, and is a regular contributor to history magazines, notably BBC History.

Following her celebrated publication ‘Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant’ in 2015, Dr Borman is pleased to present her new book ‘The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty’ published by Grove Atlantic in the USA.

Wednesday 25 October, Chicago

Lecture and Reception, 18.00pm
Location: Newberry Library (The Towner Fellows’ Lounge)
60 W Walton St, Chicago IL

With thanks to The Star Family Foundation

Newberry Library, 25 October 2017


Monday 30 October, New York

Lecture and Reception, 18.00pm
Location: India House Club
1 Hanover Square, New York NY

India House, 30 October 2017


Wednesday 1 November, Atlanta

Lecture and Lunch, 11.50am (12pm start)
Location: Millennium Gate Museum
395 17th St NW Atlanta GA

With thanks to Millennium Gate Museum & Rodney Mims Cook, Jr

Millennium Gate, 1 November 2017