Wycliffe College

History Talk – The Private Lives of the Tudors by Dr Tracy Borman

March 29, 2018 11:45 am

Join acclaimed author and historian Dr Tracy Borman in Wycliffe Chapel for a fascinating evening of history.

 Monday 30th April 6:00pm until 7:00pm

followed by a book signing with Dr Borman.

Have you ever wondered what the Royals get up to behind the palace gates?

This talk will take the audience behind closed doors to explore the private lives, loves and scandals of the most celebrated royal dynasty in history. Here, the Tudors led a very different life to the one that most of their subjects witnessed.


Find out more about –

  • The tears shed by the seemingly implacable Henry VII upon the death of his son Arthur
  • The real cause of ‘Bloody’ Mary’s protracted and, ultimately, fruitless – pregnancies
  • The ‘crooked carcass’ beneath Elizabeth I’s carefully applied makeup, gowns and accessories
  • Henry VIII’s turbulent affair with the ‘Great Whore’, Anne Boleyn
  • Family life – what they ate, how they dressed, hobbies, friends, health and hygiene



Dr Tracy Borman is an expert on the Tudors and uniquely placed to explore their private lives. Her highly acclaimed book, Elizabeth’s Women, was Book of the Week on Radio 4, and her latest biography, Thomas Cromwell: the untold story of Henry VIII’s most faithful servant, was a Sunday Times bestseller.  As well as being a writer and historian, Tracy is joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces.  She therefore has unparalleled access to the archives, collections and palaces in which so much of the narrative takes place, notably Hampton Court and the Tower of London.

Dr Tracy Borman will be available for book signing after the talk, and for those who wish to purchase a book, they will be on sale at the event.

With grateful thanks to PASS (Parents’ Association) who fund the Annual History Lecture.

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