British Council in partnership with New College of the Humanities
The Wars of the Roses: The Real Game of Thrones
A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture
There is no disguising George RR Martin’s sources for Game of Thrones. History, he says, is “endlessly fascinating ... the wars and battles and seductions and betrayals ... so many things that you’d be hard pressed to make up”. So “I don’t make it up, I take it and I file off the serial numbers and I turn it up to 11”. Chief among the historical stories that Martin has turned up to 11 is, of course, the 15th-century Wars of the Roses, when England was torn in half by the rival houses of Lancaster and York in a civil war that is eerily close to GoT’s battle between the houses of Lannister and Stark. Beginning with Richard II’s deposition by Henry Bolingbroke, this lecture considers the great dynastic struggle of the fifteenth century through to the rise and fall of Richard III, and the deaths of the Princes in the Tower, and does so through drawing on the powerful parallels with the famous TV series.
About Dr Suzannah Lipscomb
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS is an historian, broadcaster and award-winning academic. She is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and Fellow at New College of the Humanities (NCH), and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
From 2011-2016, she was Head of the Faculty of History at NCH and a member of the Academic Board, jointly responsible for the academic governance of NCH. Starting as one of the first two academics at NCH, she established and recruited the founding history faculty, developed College policies and procedures, and was responsible for overseeing the design and validation of the NCH BA in History with a minor subject, and NCH MA in Historical Research and Public History. In 2016 – her last year of leading the Faculty – more than 50% of graduating students obtained a First Class degree (externally marked). In September 2016, she stepped down from the headship in order to concentrate on her research and teaching, and her successor is Dr Lars Kjær, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History.
Dr Lipscomb holds a double First Class BA (Hons) in History and M.St. in Historical Research from Lincoln College, Oxford, and a D.Phil. in History from Balliol College, Oxford, where she was a Jowett Senior Scholar. She was formerly Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace, and Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia.
Dr Lipscomb’s books include 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (2009); The King is Dead! The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII (2015); and (co-edited) Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics and Performance (2013). She has presented historical documentaries on the BBC, ITV, and Channel 5, and writes journalism regularly for the national papers, including a column for History Today.
Timings and Location
The lecture will take place on Thursday 24 November 2016, at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road. Singapore 189673
6.00 p.m. - Registration and arrival of guests
6.30 p.m. - Introductions, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb to commence lecture
7.15 p.m. - Question and Answer session
7.35 p.m. - Networking
8.30 p.m. - Event will close
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