Bringing the Tudors and Stuarts to life

17 February 2017

A host of world renowned historians will once again visit Canterbury this spring to give talks and tours to celebrate the City’s place in British History.

Following on from last year’s successful Medieval Canterbury Weekend, hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Centre for Kent History and Heritage, the Tudors and Stuarts History Weekend will take place between 31 March and 1 April, 2017.

The weekend will explore the momentous changes that took place in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries under the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. During this period matters of religion, nationhood and social conditions brought conflict between individuals, families, communities and countries, as calls for change echoed through all levels of society. Yet the times also marked a thirst for new knowledge, and artists, too, pushed back the boundaries to create works that still astound audiences today.  

Using the themes of Kings and Queens, social history, the Church and war and politics the weekend will welcome back British constitutional historian and broadcaster Dr David Starkey. He will be speaking on Saturday 1 April on The First Brexit: Henry VIII and (re)invention of England. The talk will explore how Henry VIII's break with Rome was the first Brexit, employing the same arguments of national versus supra-national sovereignty and a reinvention of England and Englishness as our borders, language, literature and history were all rediscovered and redefined.

Joining Dr Starkey will be top-selling historian Alison Weir, who has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. Her talk on Saturday 1 April: Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen will tell the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife. Drawing on new research, she will a reveal a strong, spirited woman determined to fight for her rights and the rightful place of her daughter.

There will also be two opportunities to see a special exhibition created for the weekend at Canterbury Cathedral Library; two guided tours led by Paul Bennett, a leading 

authority on the history of Canterbury and new for this year will be a ‘meet the object’ session at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge.

For further information on the talks and events throughout the weekend and to book tickets visit:

Notes to editors

  • Tudors and Stuarts Weekend is sponsored by Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Cathedral, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and the Historical Association.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2014/15 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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