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Professor Ronald Hutton
Professor Ronald Hutton

Press Release - 17 October 2006

Free public lecture: The controversy of King Henry VII

Why is King Henry VII the unknown Tudor? Why is he also one of the most controversial of English rulers? Local people have the chance to unravel the royal mystery in a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 25 October.

Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol, and a popular media presenter, will set out to rescue the Tudor king that he says nobody wants to know.

“He is the only King between 1377 and 1547 about whom Shakespeare didn’t write a play. The BBC found him a ratings destroyer in the 1970s when it ran its Shadow of the Tower historical soap opera. It was 20 years before they attempted another series of its kind,” said Professor Hutton.

To some experts, King Henry VII was a ruler who completely understood and solved the problems of royal government. To others he never understood his job and produced an unpopular and repressive form of rule that was rejected by his successors.

In his lecture, Professor Hutton will take on the challenge of making sense of the first Tudor monarch.

Professor Hutton was elected to a fellowship at the University of Oxford before moving to Bristol, where he is now Professor of History. He is a leading authority on history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs.

Admission for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The lecture runs from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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