Hear historian Simon Thurley on how the other half lived in the 16th century
Get the inside story on the real lives of our monarchs when Simon Thurley, leading historian and former head of English Heritage, visits to talk about his book, Houses Of Power on 25th May at 7.30.
‘I’m not interested in architecture for its own sake, but what it can tell us about people, their lives, their politics,’ says Dr Thurley. ‘I use the royal palaces as a way of understanding the Tudor court and all its shenanigans’
Houses of Power tells us about Henry VIII’s personal taste in interior decoration and that he was an talented architect, that Edward VI gave away a palace to the poor of London and that Elizabeth I had some particularly fastidious toiletry requirements. It is also a beautiful and serious book to dip into or to read in one go and savour.
If you’d like to meet Simon and find out more about The Houses Of Power, email us or call (firstname.lastname@example.org/0207 431 3770) to reserve your free place