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Lunchtime Lecture: Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

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17 October 2019, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

King Henry VI
by Unknown English artist
circa 1540
NPG 2457

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Only child of a warrior father who defeated the French at Agincourt, Henry VI of the House of Lancaster inherited the crowns of England and France before his first birthday. And yet, by the time he was murdered in the Tower of London in 1471, France was lost, his throne had been seized by his Yorkist rival, and his kingdom had descended into the violent chaos of the Wars of the Roses. Join historian Lauren Johnson as she tells the remarkable story of Henry's life and death.

Historian Lauren Johnson is the author of Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI, So Great a Prince: England and the Accession of Henry VII and a novel, The Arrow of Sherwood. Lauren will be signing copies of Shadow King in the Gallery's Bookshop following her lecture.