The Wars of the Roses and Emergence of the Tudors – Talk 1
Join us, online with Carol Ann Lloyd as we learn about the Tudors.
The series of battles later named “The Wars of the Roses” rocked England through the second half of the 15th century. Questions over the rightful succession to the throne, which began with Henry Bolingbroke claiming Richard II’s throne and beginning the Lancaster dynasty, took hold as Richard Duke of York claiming Henry VI’s throne. The throne changed hands repeatedly, with Henry VI and Edward IV taking turns, then Richard III taking the throne instead of his nephew Edward V. Henry Tudor came out of nowhere (actually 14 years exile in France and Brittany) to make his own claim, based on his mother’s descent from Edward III. Henry positioned himself as the Lancastrian heir and married Elizabeth of York. His story, embodied in the Tudor rose, was that their union ended the years of battles and represented a new and lasting peace. But would it be enough to quiet alternative claims to the throne? Did the Tudors have what it took to not only win but hold power?
Date: Wednesday 29th June 2022
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Tickets: Members £5 / Non-members £8. A discounted ticket for all talks in this series is also available.
Notes on the speaker:
Carol Ann Lloyd is a popular speaker, author, and podcaster who brings the stories of history and Shakespeare to life. She presents programs for Smithsonian Associates, Royal Oak Foundation, English Speaking Union, Folger Shakespeare Library, OLLI at George Mason University, and more—online and on stage. Her podcast, British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics, explores the lives of famous and infamous characters in history. She is currently working on a book, Tudors by the Numbers, which is scheduled for an Autumn 2023 release.
Carol Ann also speaks about how Shakespeare can help us develop effective conversation and interpersonal skills. She is the author of Building Relationships, One Conversation at a Time, and an Audible book, How to Build Meaning Relationships through Conversation. Carol Ann is now offering “Shake Up Your Conversations” programs to strengthen communication and engagement skills. She is a member and on the board of the Washington, DC chapter of the National Speakers Association.