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Talks and Lectures

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

Oct 25, 2012

1535. Anne Boleyn has failed to produce an heir for Henry, and the King has fallen for another. Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son turned Chief Minister, must find a way to make Jane Seymour the queen consort — but in doing so will

engineer the bloody theatre of Anne’s destruction. The followup to the...


Oct 25, 2012

Historically women and power have had an uneasy relationship, to which the Tower bares vivid testament. Even today, women are a minority in the boardroom. Chaired by Jane Garvey, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’, a panel including social scientist Dr Catherine Hakim, Ceri Goddard (CEO of Fawcett)...


Oct 25, 2012

Occupying a unique position in the turbulent world of medieval state-craft, English queens had to negotiate a role that combined tremendous influence with terrifying vulnerability. Acclaimed author Lisa Hilton will explore the lives of the twenty women crowned queen between 1066 and 1503, from Matilda of Flanders,...


Oct 25, 2012

Editor of Penguin’s ‘Great Food’ series, Pen Vogler has brought together the most delicious food writing from history, from Mrs Beeton to Samuel Pepys’s The Joys of Excess. Join her to find out about food through the ages and the challenges of recreating historical recipes.
Try four different cakes from books...


Oct 15, 2012

This week the Adult Learning programme came to Banqueting House, Whitehall, for a look at the masques of the early Stuart court. An elaborate form of court entertainment, combining dance, theatre and a fancy dress ball, they were staged regularly at the Banqueting House for both James I (1603-25) and his son Charles...