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Delapré Festival of Books Christine Robinson and Lucy Worsley
May 9 @ 10:00 am - 9:30 pm£35
The second Festival of Books at Delapré Abbey will run from the 9th-12th of May.
6:30pm: Christine Robinson – Chatsworth: The Housekeeper’s Tale
8pm: Lucy Worsley – Who was Queen Victoria?
£35 for both talks including entry to book signings.
Who was Queen Victoria? Some of the most memorable images
of Victoria show her as a little old lady, potato-like in appearance, dressed
in everlasting black. We also know Victoria as a passionate, young princess who
loved dancing. And there is a third Victoria – a woman who was also a
remarkably successful queen, one who invented a new role for the monarchy. She
found a way of being a respected sovereign in an age when people were deeply
uncomfortable with having a woman on the throne.
DR LUCY WORSLEY OBE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT MAKING HISTORY ENGAGING TO THE WIDEST POSSIBLE AUDIENCE. SHE IS CHIEF CURATOR AT HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES, THE INDEPENDENT CHARITY THAT WELCOMES MORE THAN THREE MILLION VISITORS ANNUALLY TO THE UNOCCUPIED ROYAL PALACES OF LONDON, INCLUDING THE TOWER OF LONDON, KENSINGTON PALACE STATE APARTMENTS AND HAMPTON COURT PALACE.
Lucy has presented many shows for television including: Lucy Worsley: Elizabeth I’s Battle for God’s Music (BBC 4), Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera (BBC 2), Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors (BBC 2), British History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (BBC 4), Six Wives With Lucy Worsley (BBC 1), Lucy Worsley: Mozart’s London Odyssey (BBC 4), The Real Versailles (BBC 2), Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley (BBC 4) and many more.
Lucy has also written a number of well-received books including Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow, Jane Austen at Home, Cavalier: A Tale of Passion, Chivalry and Great Houses, Courtiers: A Secret History of Kensington Palace and If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of Your Home which accompanied the TV Series (BBC 4/Silver River). She has also written three novels for children My Name is Victoria, Lady Mary and Eliza Rose.
Lucy graduated from New College, Oxford with a first-class honours BA degree in Ancient and Modern History. She has since been awarded a PHD from the University of Sussex. She lives by the Thames in South London with her husband Mark Hines. She was awarded an OBE in 2018 for her services to history and heritage.
“The undisputed Queen of TV History” – Guardian
Christine Robinson is the recently retired head housekeeper for the 12th Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, and she has lived and worked on the Chatsworth Estate for the last 40 years, spending almost her entire working life on this great Estate. She had concerns that retiring might prove a dreadful wrench, but instead it has enabled her to immerse herself in the things about the job she loved the most – Chatsworth’s history, and its people. It was an amazing place to work, to live, and to raise a family. Her husband, Clive and Christine feel extremely fortunate to still live in the Estate village of Edensor, in the house that was actually built for Clive’s great-great-great grandfather nearly 200 years ago, and two miles from the Estate village of Beeley, where her own family worked the Chatsworth land as far back as 1800. Drawing on her long experience of working at Chatsworth, Christine has written two books about her time there, Chatsworth: The Housekeeper’s Tale, and Chatsworth: The Housekeeper’s Tips, Tales and Tipples.
Both authors will be doing a book signing after their talk.
10am-4pm – Self Publishing workshop with Jacci Gooding and Jenefer Heap