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R3 Gloucester - Margaret of Anjou : Heroine or Harpy? (talk by John Reid)

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An in depth assessment of Margaret's life, evaluating the key issues in which she engaged. A talk by John Reid.

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This presentation will take place on Zoom. Joining details for the event (including a direct link to Zoom) will be sent to ticket holders at 8am on Friday 6th July 2021.

If you book a place after this time, please contact us by email (richardiiigloucesterofficer@gmail) for joining details.

The talk itself should be no longer than an hour, followed by questions. Questions for the speaker should be sent via the chat function, using 'Q" at the start of your question to allow the moderator to more easily note these.

No medieval queen of England has been more vilified , both by contempories and later historians, than Margaret of Anjou. Was she really a “She Wolf”, a blood- spattered harpy or a tragic heroine unjustly demonized merely for being a woman beset by unbearable problems, made a scapegoat for her feeble husband’s inability to rule, and who was only trying to protect the rightful inheritance of their son ?

John Reid will provide an in-depth assessment of her life while applying a comprehensive approach to evaluating the key issues in which she became engaged.

After a distinguished career in the teaching of history John’s recent retirement has not diminished his passion for the subject and his particular interest in Henry VI and his wife, Margaret of Anjou. He is a “very long-time member of the Richard III Society” and swears he joined not long after 1485 ! Until the recent demise of the University of Bristol outreach project he ran courses for adults on several subjects and, prior to the Covid pandemic, spent time marking and moderating A level History papers.

Please see our branch website for the programme of events in 2021

Richard III Society Gloucester Branch

We expect a full programme of events on a monthly basis, on Zoom through September and hopefully live from October onwards.

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