Professor Suzannah Lipscomb: A Short History of Henry VIII’s Queens in Art

Monday 30th January 6.00PM GMT


We are delighted to welcome Professor Suzannah Lipscomb as our guest speaker on 30th January, for a lecture entitled A Short History of Henry VIII’s Queens in Art.

The six women married to Henry VIII are some of the most famous women in history and, yet, the story of their portraiture is amazingly contested. Questions exist whether four of them are actually the women we think they are and, of the two whose identities in art are certain, there are questions over provenance and accuracy. By investigating how and why they show up in portraits – and don’t – Professor Lipscomb offers a lively, alternative history of these Tudor queens.


Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster. She is Emeritus Professor at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a columnist for History Today. Suzannah was formerly a Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace, and has won awards for her work in the heritage sector, including as Creative Director of the National Trust’s recent exhibition at Hardwick Hall, “We Are Bess.” Suzannah is well-known as a broadcast historian, having written and presented numerous documentary series.  Her publications include 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII, A Visitor’s Companion in Tudor England, The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII and The Voices of Nîmes: Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc, described by Professor Sir Simon Schama as ‘a beautiful book, grippingly written, and destined to be a classic of social history’.


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