Winter School: Hilary Mantel


Explore the world of Hilary Mantel’s blockbusters with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

21-23 January 2014

Shakespeare's Birthplace


Fans of the award-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, will have a rare opportunity to see some of the historical treasures associated with Thomas Cromwell at a special three day event here at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on 21-23 January.

The 'Winter School' seminars will coincide with the RSC's dramatisation of Mantel's novels and promises a feast of historical, critical and literary insights into the world of Cromwell, Henry VIII and William Shakespeare. 

Lectures to include:

  • Dr Penny Freedman - historical and critical analysis of Mantel's novels
  • Dr Catherine Alexander - Shakespeare's treatment of Henry VIII in All Is True
  • Dr Peter Kirwan - sharing his knowledge about The History of Thomas Lord Cromwell (previously believed to be written by Shakespeare)

Attendees will also have the opportunity to examine a number of historical artifacts such as the 4th edition of the Great Cranmer Bible from 1541, a survey of the lands owned by Cromwell when he was Earl of Essex and the 1664 third folio of Shakespeare's works which includes The History of Thomas Lord Cromwell.  

Prices and Booking

  • £185 - 3 day course plus tickets for both RSC productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
  • £127 - 3 day course of lectures only

Lectures will take place at The Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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