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Lord Burghley 500th Anniversary Lecture Series
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Lord Burghley 500 celebrations will take place in 2021. If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Stephen Alford - Friday 10th September 2021
'One Heart, One Way: The Life and Career of William Cecil, Baron of Burghley'
Professor Stephen Alford's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture starting from 7pm.
This lecture will explore the first Lord Burghley’s world and political imagination, examining what drove him to work as hard as he did for queen and kingdom. It will consider his relationships with Queen Elizabeth, his fellow courtiers and his family. It will examine, too, some of the most decisive moments in Elizabethan politics through his eyes. And it will explore the centrality of Stamford and Burghley to William Cecil’s powerful sense of family and dynasty and of the obligations he had to his ‘country’.
Stephen Alford is the author of Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I (2008) and The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I (2012). A former Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, he has held the Chair in Early Modern British History at the University of Leeds since 2012. He is a Patron of the Lord Burghley 500 Foundation and is currently writing a political life of the first Lord Burghley’s younger son, Robert Cecil.
'Elizabeth, Leicester and the Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth'
Dr. Anna Keay's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture starting from 7pm.
Anna will discuss the remarkable garden created at Kenilworth Castle in the 1570s by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who, with Lord Burghley, was one of the key courtiers and ministers at the court of Elizabeth I. Perhaps the best recorded Elizabethan privy garden, it was at the heart of Elizabeth I’s long visit to the castle in 1575, and the subject of an ambitious restoration by English Heritage in 2009. The talk will discuss the garden and its significance and the challenges and issues which were tackled in re-creating it.
Dr. Anna Keay, formerly Curatorial Director at English Heritage, is now Director of the Landmark Trust.
Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb's lecture will begin at 7pm and take place in St Martin's Church, Stamford, PE9 2LF. Donations will be made to the St Martin's Church Conservation Trust.
On William Shakespeare’s death, Ben Jonson, paid the bard a compliment that continues to define our attitude to Shakespeare: ‘He was not of an age, but for all time’. Shakespeare’s talent is so rare that it is easy to think of him as a man out of time. But, in fact, he was born in a rural market town in the early years of Elizabeth I’s reign, and formed by the social, religious, and political worldview of the period - the very same world inhabited by his namesake William Cecil, Lord Burghley. To examine this world - a time of huge demographic, economic, social, religious, and cultural change - tells us much, in turn, about Shakespeare and Burghley themselves.