Discover the family behind the myths with historian Leanda De Lisle
as she talks about
‘The Disappeared: Richard III, Henry VII and the Mystery of the Princes in the Tower’
and her bestselling book
Tudor: The Family Story
Tuesday June 17th at 7:30pm at The Three Swans Hotel
Tudor: The Family Story is a Sunday Times bestseller, a Telegraph Book of the Year, a History Today Book of the Year and a BBC History Magazine Book of the Year.
The Tudors are a national obsession; they are our most notorious royal family. But, as Leanda de Lisle shows in this gripping new history, beyond the well-worn headlines is a family still more extraordinary than the one we thought we knew.
The Tudor canon typically starts with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, before speeding on to Henry VIII and the Reformation. But this leaves out the family’s obscure Welsh origins, the ordinary man known as Owen Tudor who would fall (literally) into a Queen’s lap, and later her bed. It passes by the courage of Margaret Beaufort, the pregnant thirteen-year-old girl who would help found the Tudor dynasty; and the childhood and painful exile of her son, the future Henry VII.
It ignores the fact that the Tudors were shaped by their past – those parts they wished to remember and those they wished to forget. By creating a full family portrait set against the background of this past, Leanda de Lisle enables us to see the Tudors in their own terms, rather than ours; and presents new perspectives and revelations on key figures and events. We see a family dominated by remarkable women doing everything possible to secure its future; understand why the Princes in the Tower were disappeared; look again at the bloodiness of Mary’s reign; at Elizabeth’s relationships with her cousins; and re-discover the true significance of previously overlooked figures.
We see the supreme importance of achieving peace and stability in a violent and uncertain world, and of protecting and securing the bloodline. Tudor tells a family story like no other, and brings it once more to vivid life.
Leanda will be talking about a part of Tudor: The Family Storybook in a talk entitled ‘The Disappeared; Richard III, Henry VII and the Mystery of the Princes in the Tower’. Afterwards she will answer questions and sign copies of her books.
Tickets £7 (includes a glass of wine)
t: 01488 683480