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Join historian and author, Alison Weir as she presents her lastest publication on the history of the queens of medieval England.

Key figures in the publication include Isabella of Angouleme, grandmother of Agnes and Aymer de Valence.

The Plantagenet queens of England played a role in some of the most dramatic events in our history. Crusading queens, rebel queens, learned queens, seductresses, fighting queens and queens who brightened England with the romantic culture of southern Europe. These determined women often broke through medieval restrictions to exercise power and influence, for good and sometimes for bad.

The talk explores the lives of five Plantagenet queens, Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of Henry II, Berengaria of Navarre, wife of Richard the Lionheart, Isabella of Angouleme, wife of King John, Alienor of Provence, wife of Henry III, and Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I.

Alison Weir provides an enthralling new perspective on a dramatic period of high romance and low politics with determined women at the heart of it.

This is a free event, but donations to support the work of Valence House are very welcome.

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Valence House Museum

Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, London, RM8 3HT

020 8227 2034


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Following Government guidence relating to the latest lockdown, Valence House Museum is now closed until 2021.

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