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Talks and Lectures

A wide range of podcasts from talks and lectures held at Historic Royal Palaces

May 28, 2012

The English Monarchy is an ancient institution, dating back around 1,200 years. Today, England is the only European country where the monarch is still crowned according to an ancient coronation rite. In this insightful talk, distinguished journalist and political commentator Andrew Marr explores how the Queen...


May 25, 2012

Sir Peter Lely’s ‘Windsor Beauties’ show Stuart women with translucent skin, appearing as ‘natural beauties’, free of cosmetics. Was this a 17th-century equivalent of airbrushing or did these women have sophisticated cosmetics at their disposal?

The 17th century saw a growing mass market for cosmetic recipes...


May 25, 2012

The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned explores the different meanings and uses of ‘beauty’ at the late Stuart Court. This is a sensual story of beautiful women, of beautiful art, of glamour, celebrity and love, and of beauty secrets, lust, infidelity and death.

In this talk Brett Dolman introduces the court and...