As part of Hosting Henry VIII week, join historian Alison Weir for an afternoon exploring the life and times of the King.

In Henry VIII: King and CourtAlison Weir endeavours to get as close to the real Henry as possible and strip away the myths that have built up over the centuries. All too often his story is told from the perspective of his wives or mistresses, but she offers a perspective from Henry's viewpoint. He emerges as a complex, intelligent and vulnerable man, rather than as the popular caricature of legend. But this is not just a biography of the King. Alison Weir sets the personal life of Henry VIII against the background of his court, enlivening her account with fascinating details of his everyday life, and bringing into sharp focus a world long gone. Woven into a cohesive whole, these details reveal a startlingly clear picture of Henry VIII's daily life.

Alison Weir

Dr Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 3 million books worldwide. She has published twenty-one history books, including Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and thirteen historical novels. Her latest biography is Queens of the Crusades, and her latest novel is Henry VIII: The Heart and the Crown. 

A selection of Alison's books on Henry VIII and the Tudor court will be available to purchase for signing. 

Important Information

Ticket cost: £15

Venue: the barn

Your ticket also entitles you to entrance to the manor house before the talk 1-2pm

Suitable for ages 12+ (under 16s must be accompanied)

Alison's talk will be followed by a chance for the audience to ask questions. 

Support our local bookshop by buying your copy of 'Henry VIII: King & Court' (and other titles by Alison) on the day from Cobham Bookshop and get it signed by Alison Weir.