TALK: Simon Thurley – Palaces of Revolution

Thursday 21 April 2022

7.30pm • St. George's Guildhall

A fascinating talk by author and historian Simon Thurley, whose lively chronicle of the Stuarts explores the colourful history of the dynasty, through the buildings and spaces they inhabited.

Life in the court of the House of Stuart has been shrouded in mystery: the first half of the century overshadowed by the fall and execution of Charles I, the second half in the complete collapse of the House itself. Lost to time is the extraordinary contribution the Stuarts made to the fabric of sovereignty.

Every palace they built, painting they commissioned, or artwork they acquired was a direct reflection of the lives that they led and the way that they thought. Palaces of Revolution explores this rich history in graphic detail, giving a unique insight into the lives of this famous dynasty. It takes us from Royston and Newmarket, where James I appropriated most of the town centre as a sort of rough-and-ready royal housing estate, to the steamy Turkish baths at Whitehall where Charles II seduced his mistresses. 

St. George's Guildhall

King Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1EU

St George's Guildhall is the largest surviving medieval guildhall in England - boasting many original and rare medieval features. The first theatre production was in 1442 and was officially reopened after an ambitious restoration in 1951, marking the start of the first King’s Lynn Festival.

Car Parking
The nearest parking for the Guildhall is on the Tuesday Market Place or behind the Corn Exchange on Common Staithe Quay.  Please note: Charges apply 24 hours a day, including for Blue Badge holders. lease ensure you pay the correct fee.  Current charges are available on the borough council website:  https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/

Accessibility
There are stairs to the auditorium with access for those with restricted mobility via a stair climber.  For further accessibility information please contact the box office on 01553 764864

Seating
All of our Guildhall festival events have reserved seats.  The following seating plan is to be used as a guide only – for further details please contact the box office.





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