John Julius Norwich in Ely

Monday 24th October 2016

  • Venue St Peter's Church, Broad Street, Ely, CB7 4AH
  • Doors open 7.10pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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Lord Norwich’s visits are always a highlight in our events calendar. No one brings history to life with the same verve and interest, regardless of the topic at hand. This time he introduces us to four great princes – Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent – and the way in which their personal relationships, obsessions and aspirations shaped Europe. From the Field of the Cloth of Gold, a pageant of jousting, feasting and general carousing so lavish that it nearly bankrupted both France and England, to Suleiman’s celebratory pyramid of 2,000 human heads (including those of seven Hungarian bishops) after the battle of Mohács; from Anne Boleyn’s six-fingered hand (a potential sign of witchcraft) that had the pious nervously crossing themselves to the real story of the Maltese falcon, Four Princes is history at its vivid, entertaining best.