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Talks and Lectures

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

Jun 13, 2017

Go behind the scenes of Encounters with the Tudors, the daily costumed performances at Hampton Court Palace. Hear from the creators as they unlock the mysteries of how they transform historical moments into compelling immersive theatre.

Talk recorded at Hampton Court Palace on 8 June 2017.


Jun 6, 2017

How does someone described as ‘foolish’ or ‘lacking judgement’ exert influence at the royal court? Court fools were prized entertainers and had favour and authority with the king. Henry’s court jester Will Somer had ‘admission to the King [at all times], especially when sick and melancholy’. Discover how...


May 17, 2017

As part of our Power and Performance series, Jeremy Summerly and historian Lauren Johnson discuss how Henry VIII shaped his own image and reinforced his new religion using sacred music.

Jeremy Summerly is a BBC broadcaster and the director of Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford. 


May 8, 2017

For the second talk in the Power and Performance series at Hampton Court, historians Thomas Betteridge and Lauren Johnson talk us through how drama was used as a tool for persuasion at the Tudor court. Plays were not only performed, but also used for important diplomatic negotiations. 


Apr 17, 2017

As part of our latest series of talks on Power and Performance at Hampton Court Palace, join musician Tamsin Lewis to explore how Anne Boleyn’s keen ability as a musician and composer, influenced her role at court.

Did it help her to silence her enemies and impress the king?