Talk: Henry VIII: The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant
Chester: Saturday 26 October, 17.20–18.20
Talk synopsis: Henry VIII has been defined more by his six marriages rather than who he truly was. As the vultures of disease roosted about him, the epic tragedy of his last seven turbulent years saw him exacting brutal genocide on the inhabitants of Scotland and northern France; inflicting the bare-faced fraud of the ‘Great Debasement’ of England’s coinage and the reckless borrowing that bankrupted his realm. In the end, he was a lonely, vulnerable king, thwarted in his ambitions.
Speaker bio: Dr Robert Hutchinson is a Tudor historian and archaeologist, whose critically-acclaimed books have been translated into 11 languages. He is a regular broadcaster on British, American, German, Japanese and Australian television.