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Talks and Lectures

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

May 26, 2013

Historic Royal Palaces Chief Curator, Tracy Borman, uncovers the extraordinary life of Henrietta Howard, mistress of George II and servant to Queen Caroline.


May 25, 2013

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the royal bed was a site of utmost political significance. It was the place where newly-weds were bedded, babies were born and ageing monarchs died – events that had important consequences for the nation. Dr Olivia Fryman will explore these rites of...


May 25, 2013

The coronation was, and still is, one of the most important ceremonies of a monarch’s reign. Dr Alice Hunt examines the 16th-century coronations of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, showing how they responded to monarchical and religious changes of the time, and what they tell us...


May 22, 2013

Last September, archaeologists from the University of Leicester unearthed a momentous discovery, now confirmed as the skeleton of Richard III. In light of this, Shakespeare's slanderous and enduring portrayal of a murderous and physically deformed King will be re-assessed by the project's lead archaeologist,...


May 22, 2013

In 1696, after a glittering scientific career, Isaac Newton became Warden of the Mint, based at the Tower. England’s currency was then in disarray, not least owing to the growing crime of counterfeiting. So began a personal and bitter struggle between Newton and William Chaloner, the greatest forger of them all — as...