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Events Calendar 2020

Saturday 25 January, 2.00pm to 3.30pm at Surrey History Centre, Woking, GU21 6ND

"Uncrowned Queen - The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch"
A talk by Dr Nicola Tallis

Friends of Woking Palace in partnership Surrey Heritage have arranged a special talk by Dr Nicola Tallis about the life Lady Margaret Beaufort (including her ownership of Woking Palace which has often been described as her favourite home).

Dr Nicola Tallis will reveal the life of an extraordinarily ambitious and devoted woman who risked everything to ultimately found the Tudor dynasty. During the bloody and uncertain days of the Wars of the Roses, Margaret Beaufort was married to the half brother of the Lancastrian king Henry VI. A year later she endured a traumatic birth that brought her and her son close to death. She was just thirteen years old.

As the battle for royal supremacy raged between the houses of Lancaster and York, Margaret, who was descended from Edward III and thus a critical threat, was forced to give up her son - she would be separated from him for fourteen years. But few could match Margaret for her boundless determination and steely courage. Surrounded by enemies and conspiracies in the enemy Yorkist court, Margaret remained steadfast, only just escaping the headman's axes as she plotted to overthrow Richard III in her efforts to secure her son the throne.

Against all odds, in 1485 Henry Tudor was victorious on the battlefield at Bosworth. Through Margaret's royal blood Henry was crowned Henry VII, King of England, and Margaret became the most powerful woman in England - Queen in all but name.

Dr Nicola Tallis is a British historian who has worked as a curator, researcher and lecturer. Author of previous books: "Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey" and "Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester", "Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch" is her latest publication.

Tickets are 6 each and are available as follows:-
online at: surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents
in person at Surrey History Centre
or by phone 01483 518373

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