Warwick Words History Festival: Nicola Tallis
Date: 15th November 2019
Location: Lord Leycester Hospital, High Street, Warwick, CV34 4BH
The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch
We are delighted to welcome back historian and researcher, Nicola Tallis, to discuss her eagerlyanticipated new book, Uncrowned Queen, the first comprehensive
biography of Margaret Beaufort for three decades.
Margaret Beaufort was the mother of the Tudor dynasty. As the battle for royal supremacy raged between the houses of Lancaster and York, Margaret – a descendant of Edward III – married Edmund Tudor, halfbrother to the Lancastrian king, Henry VI. She endured a traumatic birth that brought her and her son, Henry Tudor, close to death. She was just thirteen years old.
Surrounded by enemies and conspiracies in the now-Yorkist court, Margaret remained steadfast to the Lancastrian cause, plotting to overthrow Richard III in her efforts to secure the throne for her son. After his victory over Richard at Bosworth in 1485, Henry was crowned Henry VII and Margaret became the most powerful woman in England – queen in all but name.
Cost: £15 (includes glass of wine)