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Talk, Sat 4 Apr 2020, free entry

East Riding Theatre

East Riding Theatre


Why has Queen Mary I had such a bad press? Known as ‘Bloody Mary’ for the violent persecution of Protestants during her reign, she is often portrayed as the least attractive of the Tudors. But Mary’s story deserves to be re-told: a woman who faced down two major rebellions, believed passionately in the restoration of Catholicism, and maintained the royal magnificence that defined Tudor monarchy. As the first woman to rule England in her own right, Mary had to develop new strategies to legitimise her queenship.

An ideal pairing with the performance of Mary’s Hand, this talk by Tudor historian John Cooper presents both sides of the debate about Mary I: the tyrant who willingly presided over the religious persecution of her own subjects, versus the queen who strengthened English power and brought the best in Renaissance art and music to the court and Chapel Royal.

Dr John Cooper is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of York. Educated at Merton College Oxford, he is a specialist in the history of monarchy, Parliament and art under the Tudors. His book The Queen’s Agent was serialised on Radio 4, and he has worked as a historical consultant for the BBC series ‘Gunpowder’ and Starz ‘The Spanish Princess’.

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Dates Times
Sat 4 Apr 2020 12:15 15:00
Part of New Paths Music Festival


Free entry




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The Former Chapel,
10 Lord Robert's Road,
HU17 9BE



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