Join us in Bridgnorth for an evening with Annie Garthwaite, the critically acclaimed author of Cecily, as she talks about her much anticipated new novel The King’s Mother.

With energy and ambition, The King’s Mother takes us from the Wars of the Roses to the dawn of the Tudor age – and tells the story of those era-defining wars through the eyes of four women who shaped and suffered them: Cecily Neville, King’s Mother; Marguerite of Anjou, deposed Queen; Elizabeth Woodville, betrayed wife; and Margaret Beaufort, mother to an exiled son.

Reading from The King’s Mother and in discussion with Matt Lewis, Annie will describe all that these women did and were driven to do to win the crown for their sons and become King’s Mother themselves. “This,” she says, “is a story of mothers and sons; of maternal ferocity and female ambition – and of all the terror that families can inflict upon themselves.”

And, by focusing on what these women wanted, suffered, knew and did, The King’s Mother gives us a fresh take on some of English history’s most enduring mysteries: Was Edward IV’s marriage bigamous and his children bastards? Why did he order the execution of his brother George, years after forgiving his treason? And did Richard III murder his brother’s children, the Princes in the Tower? The women were there – and they know the truth.

Annie will be in conversation with historian Matt Lewis, Chief Presenter at History Hit, biographer of Richard III and author of The Survival of the Prince in the Tower.

Annie’s debut, Cecily, proved to be a firm favourite, so we’re delighted to be part of her launch tour for The King’s Mother here in Bridgnorth. Do join us!

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy The King's Mother) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The King's Mother).

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