Leanda de Lisle and Nadine Akkerman

Leanda de Lisle and Nadine Akkerman

In conversation with Jessie Childs

Queens, princesses and spies in the traumatic years of the English Civil Wars

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Leanda de Lisle is the highly acclaimed author of four books on the Tudors and Stuarts, including the bestselling The Sisters Who Would be Queen and Tudor, The Family Story. A former weekly columnist on the Spectator, Guardian and Daily Express, she contributes to numerous national publications.

Her latest book, White King, is a biography of Charles I and his loss of three kingdoms. Based on new manuscript discoveries, with many never before seen royal letters, it describes the descent of Charles I’s kingdoms into failed states, and the true role of his remarkable and maligned queen.

Nadine Akkerman is Reader in early modern English Literature at Leiden University and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She is the acknowledged expert on Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, and is currently editing the third volume of her Correspondence and writing the definitive biography of this much misunderstood figure. Her latest book, the critically acclaimed Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth century Britain, has unmasked the numerous women whose work behind the scenes and behind the lines has long gone unacknowledged. In rewriting the stories of some well-known figures and introducing several women for the very first time, Invisible Agents has already made a major contribution to the historiography of the seventeenth century.


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