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Sad Stories of the Death of Kings: The End of the Tudors

In sickness and in death, the reality of Tudor monarchy emerges to dispel centuries of successful propaganda in talk given by Dr Jessica Sharkey on 20th March.

Sad Stories of the Death of Kings: The End of the Tudors

About Sad Stories of the Death of Kings: The End of the Tudors

The Tudors were a dynasty with a massive problem: the succession. This apparent ‘golden age’ in English history was considerably undermined by the absence of adult male candidates for the throne. The result was a complex attitude to ill-health, death and its commemoration which serves to distort the popular perception of these monarchs.

In this lecture Dr Jessica Sharkey will consider why Henry VIII is buried in relative obscurity, why Edward VI was cast as a sickly Lord Fauntleroy and why Elizabeth I refused to be married to her winding sheet.

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