Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The House of Dudley

24 September 2022, 12.00pm

'The House of Dudley' book cover
'The House of Dudley' book cover
'The House of Dudley' book cover
24 September 2022, 12.00pm

The House of Dudley

Historian Joanne Paul reveals the story of the noble house of Dudley, a family that played an integral role in the reigns of each Tudor monarch.
 £12.00 (Concessions £10.00)
 Buy the book with your ticket and save £2.00

Box office

 You can also book by calling 0131 226 0014.

 The box office line is open Monday to Friday, between 10.00am and 6.00pm.

 Check our Festival FAQs for more booking information.

Ticket deal

 Book three or more events and save 20%.

 Tickets must be purchased in the same transaction.

 The offer does not apply to any tickets which include a book + ticket discount.

The event

Each Tudor monarch made their name with a Dudley by their side – or by crushing one beneath their feet.

Join historian Joanne Paul as she tells the story of one of England’s noble houses, whose members competed in the murderous game of musical chairs around the English throne. She will consider what it was that caused generations of the same family to undergo such dramatic shifts in fortunes and expose the sheer audacity of this bold and skulduggerous family.

After thriving in the court of Henry VII but falling in popularity under his son Henry VIII, the Dudley’s rose to prominence again in the reign of Edward VI. A failed attempt to advance Lady Jane Grey to the throne led them to lose it all when Mary I came to the throne. Yet once Elizabeth I was on the throne, the family were once again at the centre of power and would do anything to remain there.

The speaker

Joanne Paul is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex. A BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker, her research focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods.

She has written for the Cambridge University Press Ideas in Context series and has been widely praised for her work on Thomas More, William Shakespeare, Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes. The House of Dudley is her acclaimed first book.

Venue information

 Check our Venues page to find out where we are, how to get here and what facilities are available on site.


24 September 2022
12.00pm - 1.00pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:


Royal Hospital Chelsea (State Apartments)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4SR United Kingdom