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Launde 900: Remembering Cromwell

24th June, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm


*** SOLD OUT *** Join us for this Ancient Wells – Living Water event to mark the 900th anniversary of Launde Abbey: a unique presentation and conversation between Hilary Mantel (author of Wolf Hall and Diarmaid MacCulloch (author of Thomas Cromwell: a life) about Reformation England, the life of Cromwell and the place of Launde in that incredible story.

This morning event will feature two presentations by our speakers followed by coffee and a time of open questions and discussion. The event will conclude with a buffet lunch.

Hilary Mantel

Dame Hilary Mantel: ”Don’t You Mean Oliver?’

When Hilary Mantel began working on her Thomas Cromwell novels he barely figured in the popular imagination except as a cartoon villain, and was often confused with the Lord Protector.  Why was his reputation so black, his image so one-dimensional?  Novelist Hilary Mantel talks about how she worked towards a more complex and nuanced portrait.

Dame Hilary Mantel is a writer and critic.  Her Thomas Cromwell novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies were both awarded the Man Booker prize:  Wolf Hall also won the Walter Scott prize, and Bring Up The Bodies, the Costa book award.  They are published in 37 languages and were adapted as a television series for the BBC; the stage adaptation played in Stratford-on-Avon, in the West End and on Broadway.  The final book of the trilogy, The Mirror and The Light will be published shortly.

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Reverend Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch: ‘Thomas Cromwell: getting him right’

Cromwell’s latest biographer tweaks some misunderstandings about his career …

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, Fellow St Cross College, Oxford, and is a prize-winning author.  He has written extensively on the sixteenth century and beyond it.  His History of Christianity: the first three thousand years and the BBC TV series based on it first appeared in 2009; the book won the Cundill Prize, the world’s largest prize for history, in 2010.  His Thomas Cromwell: a Life appeared in 2018.  He was knighted in the UK New Year’s Honours List of 2012.


24th June
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
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