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Henry VIII And the Men Who Made Him

With Tracy Borman
  • 10 May
Henry VIII And the Men Who Made Him

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Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women,but what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective on this famous king emerges.

Henry’s relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended and entertained by boisterous young men who shared his passion for sport, but at other times he was more diverted by men of intellect, culture and wit. Often trusting and easily led by his male attendants and advisers during the early years of his reign, he matured into a profoundly suspicious and paranoid king whose favour could be suddenly withdrawn, as many of his later servants found to their cost. His cruelty and ruthlessness would become ever more apparent as his reign progressed, but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster that he is often portrayed as.

In this fascinating and often surprising new biography, Henry’s personality is revealed in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory.

Tracy Borman is joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and has written extensively on the Tudor period.

LUNCH: Chicken and mushroom pie; apple tart with crème Anglaise; coffee
V: Mushroom Stroganoff with Basmati rice



All events are £25 including lunch, £10 to listen only – (unless specified).

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies.

All events begin at 12 noon with lunch at 1.15pm unless specified.

V: Vegetarian options must be booked in advance for all events.

Events will take place at the Theatre Royal Bath – location to be decided nearer the time