Talks Programme

The Friends group have built up a high class reputation for attracting the best historical speakers / writers in the country. Past speakers have included David Starkey (our patron), Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, Mary S. Lovell, Kate Williams, Suzannah Lipscomb, Jonathan Foyle, Tessa Dunlop and many other top writers and speakers on all aspects of history. We are proud of this standing and will aim to provide the best available in our quarterly programme of speaker events.

Speaker programme for Autumn/Winter 2018

Saturday October 6th 2.30pm Dr. John Guy

Talk Title: “Elizabeth-the forgotten years”
We are so pleased to have John Guy do a return visit after his super presentation on “Mary, Queen of Scots-My heart is my own” The new Mary Queen of Scots film, to be released in December 2018, is based on his book.

Dr.John Guy is recognised as one of Britain’s most foremost Tudor historians, and rightly so as he combines the written word with the broadcast media with supreme ease The talk this time is based on his recent book now in paperback “Elizabeth-the forgotten year– and has focused on the early years of her reign. But in 1583, when Elizabeth is fifty, there is relentless plotting among her courtiers — and still to come is the Spanish Armada and the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. We have not, until now, had the full picture. History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. This gripping and vivid portrait of her life and times — often told in her own words (and including details such as her love of chess and marzipan) — combines absorbing, human-interest narration with in-depth historical research, and reveals a woman who was insecure, human (‘You know I am no morning woman’), and unpopular even with the men who fought for her. This is the real Elizabeth, for the first time.
The book will be on sale at a discounted price at the event

Saturday November 10th 2.30 pm Nicola Tallis

Nicola Tallis speaking on Lady Jane Grey through her book titled “Crown of blood”

Praise for Nicola Tallis and Crown of Blood:

Alison Weir: ‘This is a stunning debut from a young historian who deserves to be recognised as a major talent in her field. It’s history as it should be written, vivid, colourful, pacy and evocative, but – above all – authentic and based on sound and innovative research. It’s an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of Lady Jane Grey
Tracy Borman: ‘Through meticulous research, Nicola Tallis pieces Lady Jane Grey’s fascinating story together, and in so doing brings this extraordinary young woman vividly to life. Engagingly written and utterly compelling throughout. A stunning debut.’
Sarah Gristwood: ‘Crown of Blood is authoritative, thoughtful and elegantly written. Telling use of original sources makes fresh and vivid – as well as moving – the story of a girl too often dismissed as a mere blank canvas onto which others could write. A genuinely impressive debut.’
Kate Williams: ‘This is a wonderful investigation of Lady Jane Grey, enlightening and gripping, full of superb research and beautifully written. Nicola Tallis gives the tragic nine day queen brilliant and fascinating life.’
All events will be held at The Annexe Room-upstairs, The Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Street Sheffield S1 2JB (facing the Crucible theatre).
The price of these talks are £8 Members £10 Non Members
All cheques payable to “Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge” together with a SAE please– post to:
FOSML  6 Hawkshead Avenue. Dronfield Woodhouse, DRONFIELD, Derbyshire. S18 8NB
David Templeman Chairman – General enquiries, tickets for events and outings-
email –                    Phone 01246 415497
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David Starkey

FOSML Speaker

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