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Tracy Borman

Dr Tracy Borman 

Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the English Monarchy 

Time and Date: Sunday 1 May: 10:30-11:30

Ticket price: £10 in person/ £9 online

Location: Powell Pg09: CT1 1QU

Biographical note

Dr Tracy Borman was awarded her doctorate in 1997 from the University of Hull. She went on to a successful career in heritage and has worked for a range of historic properties and national heritage organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The National Archives and English Heritage. She is now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, a charity that encourages children to visit and learn from historic properties through the Sandford Award scheme. She is also joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces and often appears on television and radio. She has written numerous history books and contributes regularly to history magazines, notably BBC History. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  

Event details

In February 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 70th year on the British throne—her Platinum Jubilee—by far the longest reign of any British monarch. Inspired by this momentous event, Tracy Borman’s latest book, Crown & Sceptre, explores the tumultuous history of the British monarchy. With 1,000 years of royal history from 1066 to the present day, Domesday Book to Magna Carta, the Field of Cloth of Gold to Prince Harry’s wedding, the book tells the real story of this iconic institution. In this illustrated talk, Tracy will introduce some of her favourite monarchs and share a few of the secrets behind the crown’s remarkable survival. 


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Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne

Paperback, 22/08/2019, £12.99
Tracy Borman, author of the bestselling biography Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes of Henry VIII's court and sheds new light on the most notorious Tudor monarch through the fresh perspective of his male relationships.

Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty

Paperback, 09/03/2017, £12.99
Tracy Borman, author of the bestselling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and more.

King's Witch

Paperback, 18/04/2019, £9.99
The debut novel from celebrated historian Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors.

Devil's Slave

Paperback, 17/09/2020, £8.99
The second novel from celebrated historian Tracy Borman, author of The King's Witch.

Fallen Angel

Paperback, 30/09/2021, £8.99
The third novel from historian and TV presenter Tracy Borman, author of The King's Witch trilogy.

Story of TheTower of London

Paperback, 11/06/2015, £19.95
The Tower of London commissioned this captivating new history of a world-renowned palace, as told through the stories of its residents over the past 1,000 years. It reveals the lifestyles of its monarchs, their mistresses, courtiers and servants as well as the Tower's darker side and has 200 illustrations accompanied by informative captions.

King's Mistress, Queen's Servant: The Life and Times of Henrietta Howard

Paperback, 06/05/2010, £10.99
Henrietta Howard, later Countess of Suffolk, was the long-term mistress and confidante of King George II. She was also, as Tracy Borman's wonderfully readable biography reveals, a dedicated patron of the arts; a lively and talented intellectual in her own right; a passionate advocate for the rights of women long before the dawn of feminism.

Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant

Paperback, 22/01/2015, £10.99
Historian Tracy Borman tells the story of the real Wolf Hall in this definitive biography of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's most trusted servant.

Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England

Paperback, 06/09/2012, £11.99
Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England and formally recognised as such by her subjects. Beyond this, however, little is known of her. Who was this spectral queen? In this biography, the author sifts through the shards of evidence to uncover an extraordinary story.

Elizabeth's Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen

Paperback, 06/05/2010, £14.99
Elizabeth I is often portrayed as a ruthless 'man's woman', who derided her own sex - and loved to flirt with the young men at her court. Yet she was born into a world of women and it is her relationships with these women that provide the most fascinating insight into the character of this remarkable monarch.

Witches: James I and the English Witch Hunts

Paperback, 02/10/2014, £11.99
September 1613. In Belvoir Castle, the heir of one of England's great noble families falls suddenly and dangerously ill. His body is 'tormented' with violent convulsions. Within a few short weeks he will suffer an excruciating death. Soon the whole family will be stricken with the same terrifying symptoms.
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