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Talk:The Tudors in Love - Sarah Gristwood Talk at Bosworth Battlefield Country Park

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Talk, Sun 7 - Thu 11 Nov 2021

Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield

Sundial memorial


Ambion Lane,
Sutton Cheney,
Market Bosworth,
CV13 0AD


Why did Henry VIII marry six times? Why did Anne Boleyn have to die? Why did Elizabeth
I’s courtiers hail her as a goddess come to earth?

The dramas of courtly love have captivated centuries of readers and dreamers. Yet too often
they’re dismissed as something existing only in books and song – those old legends of King
Arthur and chivalric fantasy.

Not so. In this ground-breaking history, Sarah Gristwood reveals the way courtly love made
and marred the Tudor dynasty. From Henry VIII declaring himself as the ‘loyal and most
assured servant’ of Anne Boleyn to Elizabeth I’s poems to her suitors, the Tudors re-enacted
the roles of the devoted lovers and capricious mistresses first laid out in the romances of
medieval literature. The Tudors in Love dissects the codes of love, desire and power, unveiling
romantic obsessions that have shaped the history of this nation. In the #MeToo era, re-examining the history of the social codes behind modern romance has never been more vital.

Sarah Gristwood is the author of four previous books of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century
history: the Sunday Times bestseller Arabella: England’s Lost Queen; Elizabeth and Leicester;
Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses; and the widely-translated Game of
Queens. A former journalist, contributing to papers such as the Guardian and the Telegraph,
she has also written a number of books on twentieth-century subjects. She features frequently
at history festivals, and on radio and television discussing the past and present of Britain’s

The will be a chance for questions and book signings at the end of the talk

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 7 - Thu 11 Nov 2021 14:30 to 15:30


£6 per person.

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See location of Bosworth Battlefield Country Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 400002  Lat: 52.59846 Long: -1.41071

The Battlefield site is bounded by the A5, A444, A447 and B585 and is clearly signposted from all these roads in the vicinity of Market Bosworth.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality