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Talk : The Private Life of Elizabeth I

November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

£8 – £12

By Tracy Borman, the renowned historian and author. Tracy frequently appears on television and radio, is Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and joint Chief Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces.

This talk will explore the private life, loves and secrets of Elizabeth I. The iconic Virgin Queen led a very different life to that which most of her subjects witnessed. It was vital to show no vulnerability to the outside world – any sign of frailty, illness or the natural process of ageing had to be disguised by a mask of invincibility.

Tracy Borman sets Elizabeth’s life in context by exploring the evolution of private life during the Tudor period. Drawing upon her expertise working in the heritage sector, she will consider how the architecture of the Tudor palaces reinforced the privacy and mystique of this royal dynasty. She will examine the nature and role of the Privy Chamber which had to be adapted for a female sovereign, the legacy of Elizabeth’s private life and its dramatic contrast with that of her successor.

Tickets will be available on the night. Members £8 and non-members £12


November 6
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£8 – £12
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