The Tudors and Stuarts: A Bitter Rivalry - A Day of Talks

Step back in time and witness the intense clash between the Tudors and Stuarts, filled with drama, power struggles, and royal rivalries.

The Tudors and Stuarts: A Bitter Rivalry - A Day of Talks

Join us for an exciting day of talks exploring the intense rivalry between the Tudor and Stewart dynasties. Delve into the fascinating history of these two powerful families as we uncover the secrets, scandals, and political intrigue that defined their tumultuous relationship.

Immerse yourself in a captivating journey through time as renowned historians and experts share their insights and knowledge. From the life of Margaret Tudor, to Mary, Queen of Scots' tragic fate, we will uncover the dramatic events that shaped these iconic periods in British history.

Discover the stories behind the famous figures such as Elizabeth I, James I, and many more.

Engage in thought-provoking discussions and gain a deeper understanding of the rivalries, alliances, and power struggles that echoed through the corridors of power.

Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply curious about this captivating era, this event promises an engaging and informative experience.

Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the Tudor and Stewart dynasties.


Running Order

10:15am – Open doors

10:30am – Welcome

10:35am - The Thistle and the Rose: the extraordinary life of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, Dr Linda Porter

Dr Linda Porter is the critically acclaimed author of five books on the Tudors and Stuarts. She was also the historical consultant on Lucy Worsley's BBC1 series, Six Wives, and is currently working as a consultant for a major new Tudor documentary for BBC2.


11:45am The Two Marys: Mary I of England and Mary of Guise, Melita Thomas

Melita Thomas has a Master’s in Historical Research from the Institute of Historical Research, and is a doctoral candidate at UCL, examining the social and political networks of Mary I. The co-founder and chief content writer for the popular website Tudor Times, she is the author of three book, The King’s Pearl, The House of Grey, and her newest release, 1000 Tudor People.

1pm – Lunch

2pm - Rival Queens: Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, Professor Sue Doran

Susan Doran is Professor of Early Modern British History at the University of Oxford. She has a substantial publishing record which reflects a particular interest in the religious and political history of the Tudors, especially Elizabeth I. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College.


3:15pm - James VI and I and the coming of the Stuart dynasty to England, Dr Steven Veerapen

Steven Veerapen was born in Glasgow to a Scottish mother and a Mauritian father and raised in Paisley. Pursuing an interest in the sixteenth century, he was awarded a first-class Honours degree in English, focussing his dissertation on representations of Henry VIII’s six wives.

4:30pm – End

This event will take place in the Cathedral Library with doors opening at 10.15am. This event is in-person only and will not be streamed or recorded.

There will be a 1 hour lunch break at 1pm.