Behind The Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal House
04/18/2019, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Despite the castles, crown jewels, and other trappings of the monarchy, English royals have many of the same issues as average people. They eat, entertain their friends, and worry about money. Henry VIII tripped over his dogs. George II threw his son out of the house. James I had to cut back on his alcohol bills. The great difference, however was that royal families had much more domestic help—people who ran the machine that is the Royal Household. In his talk Adrian Tinniswood OBE will uncover the reality of five centuries of life at the English court, taking us on a remarkable journey from one Queen Elizabeth to another. Tinniswood will describe the power struggles and petty rivalries that historically dominated court politics. He will also talk about the shifting idea of the monarchy today, and how their support network still serves as an interface between sovereign and the public. His witty social history of royal life will offer a tour of England's grandest households while commenting on the ever present tension between the throne room and downstairs.
Adrian Tinniswood's visit is a part of Royal Oak Foundation's spring lecture series. Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to be a stop on his tour of select cities.
The Thursday evening lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary. Come at 6 PM and enjoy a glass of wine and conversation before the lecture begins at 6:30. Please come and bring a friend.
Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 6:30 PM
Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060