4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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About the Event

Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots: cousins and rivals, surrounded by sycophants and spies. The leading historian and TV presenter offers us an electrifying new perspective on their relationship in her latest book, Rival Queens.

About the Author

Kate Williams is an author, social historian and broadcaster. She fell in love with history whilst studying for her BA at the University of Oxford. She has an MA from Queen Mary, University of London and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She is currently Professor of Public History at the University of Reading and is also a lecturer and TV consultant, appearing regularly on the BBC and Channel 4. Kate is the author of four historical biographies of Emma Hamilton, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II and Empress Josephine as well as a series of novels. She lives in London.


‘This fresh and vivid portrayal of the young Queen Victoria is deserving of the highest praise. I cannot recommend it highly enough’ ALISON WEIR

‘An outstanding talent’ SPECTATOR

‘Passionate, exuberant and entertaining, a treasure trove of royalty, intrigue and politics … vividly and sensitively brings to life the girl who would become Queen’ SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE