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Tudor succession is Starkey’s topic this Saturday

Lorna Morris 19th May, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

HISTORIAN David Starkey is back at Huntingdon Hall with a talk on succession under the Tudors.

Known for his forthright views, the UK’s leading constitutional historian talks about the period he describes as “the most glorious soap opera, with the whole future of countries turning on what these huge personalities felt like when they got out of bed in the morning”.

Starkey’s lecture uncovers the astonishingly dramatic story of the Tudors, with over-mighty father confessors, concealed deaths and lethal faction fights, they died as excitingly as they lived.

On January 28, 469 years ago, Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace. His last will and testament would determine the future of the Tudor Dynasty.

Succession was his obsession right up until he died.

However, his will became one of the most disputed documents in Tudor history. Historians disagree over the context of its creation and its meaning, while some believe he may have been manipulated by certain factions, and lost power over its outcome.

David Starkey – The King Is Dead: Royal Death and Succession under the Tudors will be at Huntingdon Hall on Saturday, May 21 at 7pm.

Tickets are £16 available from the Box Office on 01905 611427 or

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