Public Lecture: The Kingship of Henry VIII

Henry VIII has probably made a bigger impact on the English historical imagination than any other king the nation has known.

At a lecture on Wednesday 17 February at the University of Bath, Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol, will attempt to go behind the famous image portrayed and will ask what sort of person, and ruler, Henry VIII really was.

Professor Hutton said: “Henry VIII is the best known of all English kings, being the one most often portrayed on the television, cinema screen and novels.

“The purpose of this talk is to discover what we can really know about the man behind the familiar image, and what sort of king he really was.”

Professor Hutton is a Professor of History, who studied at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Society of Antiquaries.

The lecture is part of the General University Lecture Programme.

Other lectures in the current series include:

  • Avebury: Megaliths & Myths – Roger Vlitos, 24 Feb
  • Religion and ritual in the prehistoric Aegean – Dr Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw, 3 March
  • An introduction to Islamic art and architecture – June Ward, 10 March
  • Nuclear explosives: The technology of destruction – Dr Rick Marshall, 17 March
  • Climate change: Challenge or swindle? – Revd Prof Ian James, 24 March

All lectures are free and open to the public, start at 5:15pm and will be held in Lecture Theatre 8 West 1.1

Parking is available in the west car park at the Claverton Campus.

For more information go to the public lectures webpage or call Helen Redfern on 01225 386587.

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