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Author Talk: A Tudor Christmas with Alison Weir & Siobhan Clarke

17th November 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am


A TUDOR CHRISTMAS by Alison Weir & Siobhan Clarke:

SOLD OUT – you may still purchase tickets for The DecorCafe Christmas Festival online or on the door and join the book signing with Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke in the Library at 11.15

We might assume that our modern Christmas owes much to the Victorians. In fact, as Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke reveal, many of our favourite Christmas traditions date back much further. Carol-singing, present-giving, mulled wine and mince pies were all just as popular in Tudor times, and even Father Christmas and roast turkey dinners have their origins in this period. The Tudor Christmas was a time of feasting, revelry and merrymaking, a twelve-day-long festival, over which the Lord of Misrule held sway, and convention was thrown to the winds. Christmas was so beloved by English people that its traditions survived remarkably unchanged in this age of tumultuous religious upheaval.

ALISON WEIR is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She has published eighteen history books, including Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and seven historical novels. Her latest biography is Queens of the Conquest, and her latest novel is Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen, the third in her Six Tudor Queens series.

SIOBHAN CLARKE has worked for Historic Royal Palaces for 18 years and is based at Hampton Court Palace. She specialises in 16th century dress and lectures on Hampton Court, The Tower of London and the Banqueting House. She has featured on BBC Radio Women’s Hour and PBS television’s Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace. Her book with Alison Weir, A Tudor Christmas, was published in 2018 and her next book, The Tudors: An Illustrated History, will be published in August 2019 by Carlton Books.

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The Decorcafe Christmas Festival at Strawberry Hill House: will be a wonderful day out. A fabulous mix of talks, demos and the opportunity to shop for original Christmas gifts, all set in the stunning venue of Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle Strawberry Hill House.

New this year, in partnership with Richmond Literature Festival, we are delighted to include ticketed author talks. in the Great Parlour, with the opportunity to enjoy a 45 minute talk, including questions, plus time to meet the authors.

TIMING: The Christmas Festival is open between 10am and 4pm. “A Tudor Christmas” will begin in the Great Parlour at 10.30.

TICKETS: £15 and include full entry to Strawberry Hill House and the beautiful Waldegrave Suite in St Mary’s University and all aspects of the Christmas Festival.


TRAVEL: Free Parking on Sundays and easily accessible by train and bus. Strawberry Hill House is a 7 minute walk from Strawberry Hill Station.


17th November 2019
10:30 am - 11:15 am
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Strawberry Hill House
268 Waldegrave Road
Twickenham, Greater London TW1 4ST United Kingdom
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