Alison Weir: Anne Boleyn
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Thursday 15 June
Following her sell-out event in 2016, Alison Weir returns to the Festival to recount one of the most sensational episodes in English history. Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII’s queens, was an extraordinary young woman, born into an ambitious family and destined to be the focus of scandal and calumny.
Fresh from the cultivated hothouse of Renaissance France, Anne Boleyn draws attention at the English court. A nobleman, a poet and a king vie for her love. She has a spirit worthy of a crown – and a crown is what she seeks. It is a more powerful aphrodisiac than love. And so she embarks on her perilous course, which will plunge a kingdom into turmoil. Blood will flow on her account. Her only protection is the King’s great love. Be prepared for your perceptions to be challenged.