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Talks and Lectures

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

Dec 14, 2017

Anna Whitelock, historian, broadcaster and reader in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London, explores how Elizabeth I confidently and cleverly used her gender to manipulate a court filled with men.

What of the female members of court? Explore how their friendship and loyalty came at a price in a...


Dec 7, 2017

Join Chris Gidlow, writer and Live Interpretation Manager for Historic Royal Palaces, as he explores The Eltham ordinances. Written in 1526 by Cardinal Wolsey, The Eltham ordinances were detailed rules for ‘the establishment of good order and reformation of sundry errors  in the court. Despite these controls the Tudor...


Nov 23, 2017

Eleri Lynn, fashion historian, author and curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explores how fashion conveyed messages of status, power and authority in the Tudor court.

When courtiers were subject to inevitable plots and rebellions, it was no surprise they used dress as a competitive weapon. Discover how sumptuous dress...


Nov 16, 2017

Join Historic Royal Palaces' Joint Chief Curator, Lucy Worsley, for an evening talk on the tragic and neglected Queen Caroline, wife of King George II. Discover the secrets of Georgian royal life and how Queen Caroline shaped society as we know it today.

This event was recorded at the Hillsborough Court House on...


Oct 25, 2017

Join Tracy Borman, writer, historian and joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, as she explores the life of Thomas Cromwell, a man of many talents who quickly rose to favour at Henry’s court and dismantled the English Catholic church. Yet despite his loyalty to the king he was ultimately executed at the Tower...