Photograph of angel frieze surrounded by an English rose and French fleur-de-lis in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey

Fraternité talk: Lilies and Roses - The Tudor Court and France

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Join Alison Weir and Sarah Gristwood in conversation as they explore the dynamic relationship between the courts of Tudor England and Renaissance France.

Historians Alison Weir and Sarah Gristwood delve into the intricate dynamics between the courts of Tudor England and Renaissance France, exploring the interplay of warfare, rivalries, and alliances alongside the grandeur of events like the Field of Cloth of Gold. They'll also discuss the influential roles played by female monarchs, including the career of Anne Boleyn within the French court, during this era dominated by powerful queens.

About Alison Weir

Alison is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom and has sold over 3 million books worldwide. She has published twenty-one history books, including Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and 13 historical novels. Her latest biography is Queens of the Crusades, and her latest novel is Henry VIII: The Heart and the Crown.

About Sarah Gristwood

Sarah is the author of several books on Tudor History, most recently Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe and The Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty. A frequent broadcaster, she also speaks regularly on the modern royal family.

Additional information

You are welcome to attend Evensong at 5pm before the talk. 

Doors will open at 6pm. 

The talk will begin at 6:30pm. 

This will be followed by an audience Q&A from 7:15pm. 

Alison and Sarah will stay for a book signing until 8pm.  


Books by both authors will be available for purchase. 


These activities are part of Fraternité, a spring season at the Abbey celebrating the links between the UK and France with music, talks and events.