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with Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke

23rd November 2020 7pm BST (1pm EDT)

We’re incredibly passionate about history and British heritage and as the festive season approaches and we navigate towards the end of an historic year, it’s inspiring to turn to the past and be enriched by the fascinating and colourful way that the Tudors celebrated Christmas.

We’re delighted to partner with best selling authors and historians, Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke, to present a festive celebration of their wonderful book, A Tudor Christmas.

Journey with us as the authors take us back in time with readings from their book and unique insights into the creative process.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions after the talks, and one lucky participant will win a copy of A Tudor Christmas which will be signed for them, live, during the webinar.

The session will be chaired by Linda Hugo, founder and director of Beyond Curated

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We might assume that our modern Christmas owes much to the Victorians. In fact, as Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke reveal, many of our favourite Christmas traditions date back much further. Carol-singing, present-giving, mulled wine and mince pies were all just as popular in Tudor times, and even Father Christmas and roast turkey dinners have their origins in this period. The Tudor Christmas was a time of feasting, revelry and merrymaking, a twelve-day-long festival, over which the Lord of Misrule held sway, and convention was thrown to the winds. Christmas was so beloved by English people that its traditions survived remarkably unchanged in this age of tumultuous religious upheaval.


Alison Weir 

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth-bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 3 million books worldwide. She has published nineteen history books, including her most recent non-fiction book, Queens of the Conquest, the first in her England’s Medieval Queens quartet. Alison has also published ten historical novels. 

Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen is Alison Weir’s latest novel and the fifth in the Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of Henry VIII, which was launched in 2016 to great critical acclaim. The earlier books in the series – Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen and Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets were all Sunday Times bestsellers. 

Alison is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.
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Siobhan Clarke

Siobhan Clarke has been a Guide Lecturer for Historic Royal Palaces for 20 years and is based at Hampton Court Palace. She delivers lectures on Hampton Court, Kensington, The Tower of London and the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace. Her experience includes education sessions and tours for schools, universities, travel companies and corporate visitors. Siobhan has lectured for Cunard, Crystal and Viking cruise lines, the National Trust, the British Museum and the U3A. She has featured on BBC Radio Women's Hour and Television's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace. Her published work includes: ‘A Tudor Christmas’, in collaboration with Alison Weir, (Jonathan Cape, 2018) and ‘The Tudors: The Crown, The Dynasty, The Golden Age’ with Linda Collins (Andre Deutsch, 2019). Her next book, ‘King and Collector: Henry VIII and the Art of Kingship’ will be published by History Press in March 2021.


The session will be chaired by founder and director of
Beyond Curated, Linda Hugo



Art, culture, heritage and luxury have always featured prominently in Linda’s life. She has forged a year career in luxury and fine jewellery on Mayfair’s prestigious Bond street, spanning over 2 decades.  Discovering the rich history of the heritage brands that she managed and being inspired by their quality and excellence, Linda developed her career to reflect these qualities as well as expressing her entrepreneurial talents in positively transforming business’s to succeed. 

Fuelled by her personal passions and desire to deliver the world’s most refined and unique experiences, Linda founded Beyond Curated, bringing her years of experience in the world luxury to fruition.

Beyond Curated offer guests privileged access to royal heritage and cultural experiences, seamlessly curating programmes that include insightful master classes and private fine dining within London and the UK. Creating Heirloom Memories that inspire and is Linda’s passion!

In recent times Linda has kept audiences inspired by curating a series of insightful virtual webinar experiences engaging attendees across the globe. Some of the subjects have included Champagne and Churchill, Beyond The Tower Walls (at The Tower of London), Important Historic Jewels and Bond and Beyond (delving into rare 007 insights).

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Webinar details:

When: Nov 23, 2020 7:00PM London 
Topic:  Beyond Curated presents A Tudor Christmas
Zoom ID: 896 012 648 98
Password: 656826

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