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Alison Weir

Alison Weir - Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen

Saturday 29 May | 3.30 - 4.30pm

£5-10 Venue: Carriage Shop Theatre, Derby College (Roundhouse) DE24 8JE

Alison Weir returns for her fifth visit to Derby Book Festival – and the fifth of Henry’s queens: Katheryn Howard.

A naive girl, thrust forward by her ambitious family. A pretty girl, who has captured the heart of a king.

She sings, she dances, she delights in the pleasures of being queen. The King tells the world she is a rose without a thorn. He extols her beauty and her virtue. But Katheryn has a past of which Henry knows nothing. It comes back increasingly to haunt her, even as she courts danger yet again.

Alison Weir relates one of the saddest chapters in English history. Those who gather roses should beware the thorns.

Free parking is available for attendees of events at Derby College.

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