History Weekends 2019: James Daybell and Sam Willis

James Daybell and Sam Willis will be speaking on the unexpected histories of the Tudor world at our 2019 History Weekends in Chester and Winchester

James Daybell and Sam Willis.

Talk: Unexpected Tudors

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Chester: Saturday 26 October, 20.30–21.30

Winchester: Saturday 2 November, 20.00–21.00



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Talk synopsis: A talk based on their major book and chart-topping podcast, Histories of the Unexpected demonstrates how everything has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects, and how those subjects link together in unexpected ways. Sam and James now bring their approach to the Tudor world, which is explored in exiting new ways through subjects like cannibalism, shrinking, bells, hats, mirrors, monsters, oranges, doors, faces, accidents, toilets, fire, lists, gifts, windows, chairs, bones, eyes, letter-writing and even fruit-eating!

James Daybell and Sam Willis.

Speaker bios: Sam Willis is one of the country’s best-known historians. He has made more than ten major TV series for the BBC and National Geographicincluding The Silk RoadInvasion! And Castles. He has also written more than ten critically acclaimed and award-winning books, most recently three for the new Penguin Ladybird Expert Series: The Spanish ArmadaThe Battle of the Nile and The Battle of Trafalgar, all published in 2018.

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James Daybell is a professor of early modern history at the University of Plymouth and one of the world’s leading historical thinkers. He has appeared on numerous historical documentaries, and written more than 14 books, including Tudor Women Letter-Writers (paperback 2018).