Suitors, Spies, and Splendour: Elizabeth I – Talk 4


The fascinating Tudors!



Suitors, Spies, and Splendor: Elizabeth I – Talk 4

Join us, online with Carol Ann Lloyd as we learn about the Tudors.

Mary I was the first crowned regnant Queen of England, and Elizabeth I was the second. The succession of another Queen was unwelcome in England, but Elizabeth was determined to win the good will of the people and establish a successful reign. She chose excellent advisors, such as William Cecil, and moved forward with more moderate religious efforts than either of her siblings. Her most surprising choice for the men of her time was her decision NOT to marry. Women were expected to marry, and this was especially true of Queens who needed a husband to help them with the heavy weight of government and who would give them sons/heirs. But Elizabeth famously stated, “I will have but one mistress here, and no master” and she meant it. She entertained a variety of proposal, using them to navigate international and domestic politics. As time went on, she employed the construct of courtly love to set herself up as the centre of court with her ministers keeping court around her. She survived the threat of Mary Queen of Scots’ claim to the British throne, she and her ministers managed the threat of a Catholic “invasion of ideas,” and she rallied her troops to defeat the famous Spanish Armada. By Elizabeth’s death, she had created the image of Gloriana.

Date: Wednesday 28 September 2022

Time: 7pm – 8pm

Venue: Online

Tickets: Members £5 / Non-members £8. A discounted ticket for all talks in this series is also available.

Notes on the speaker:

Carol Ann Lloyd is a popular speaker, author, and podcaster who brings the stories of history and Shakespeare to life. She presents programs for Smithsonian Associates, Royal Oak Foundation, English Speaking Union, Folger Shakespeare Library, OLLI at George Mason University, and more—online and on stage. Her podcast, British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics, explores the lives of famous and infamous characters in history. She is currently working on a book, Tudors by the Numbers, which is scheduled for an Autumn 2023 release.

Carol Ann also speaks about how Shakespeare can help us develop effective conversation and interpersonal skills. She is the author of Building Relationships, One Conversation at a Time, and an Audible book, How to Build Meaning Relationships through Conversation. Carol Ann is now offering “Shake Up Your Conversations” programs to strengthen communication and engagement skills. She is a member and on the board of the Washington, DC chapter of the National Speakers Association.

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