9.00am - 5.00pm


9.00am - 5.00pm


12.00pm - 3.00pm


Character and Conscience: a Dynasty of Catholic Queens

Peterborough Cathedral
Friday 27 January 2017 19:30 - 21:00

The Katharine of Aragon Festival Lecture 2017 will be given by historian, author and broadcaster Dr Suzannah Lipscomb.

Katharine of Aragon was both daughter and mother to important queens-regnant, yet there is often too much focus on the biological functions of her role as queen-consort. This talk aims to re-evaluate Katharine instead as a spirited woman of integrity and faith, and to examine her in the context of the legacy of her mother, Isabella I of Spain, and to her daughter, Mary I of England.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a lively and engaging speaker, eminently qualified to speak about the Tudor period. Amongst her publications are 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (Lion Hudson, 2009) and A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England (Ebury, Random House, March 2012). She also co-edited Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics and Performance (Ashgate, 2012). She writes regularly for BBC History Magazine and History Today and her new book The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII was published in Nov 2015.

As a broadcaster, Suzannah she has co-presented Henry VIII and His Six Wives, Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History and Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder for Channel 5. She has also made numerous appearances on ITV, BBC and Channel 4.

She is Head of History and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities. She is also a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and an External Advisory Member on their Research Strategy Board.

Dr Lipscomb will be available to sign copies of her books after the talk, and there will be a bookstall.

Lecture Tickets

£11 per person (£5.50 under 18s) including wine or a soft drink after the talk. Unreserved seating.

Buy tickets:

  • Tickets now available on the door only. Please note that sales are by cash or cheque, not card.

Find out about other events in the Katharine of Aragon Festival 2017

Tudor-style Pottage and Ale Supper at 6.00pm - SOLD OUT

The Pottage and Ale supper 2016Why not start your evening with a Tudor-style Pottage and Ale supper in the medieval Knights' Chamber, the place where knights associated with Peterborough Abbey would have gathered in days gone by? The supper begins at 6.00pm and will finish in comfortable time for the lecture. There will be entertainment from the musicians of Hautbois and attendants in Tudor costume, as well as good food.