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British Academy Lecture. Thomas Cromwell: A Life

Diarmaid MacCulloch Interviewed by Mary Beard

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

4:15pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

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Leading historian and broadcaster Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch sheds new light on the life of Thomas Cromwell, one of the most notorious figures in English history.

MacCulloch’s biography of the 16th-century fixer who was effectively running the country for Henry VIII by the end of the 1530s is widely regarded as the most complete and persuasive written. Cromwell was central to one of the key periods in English history that saw the break with the Pope, unprecedented use of Parliament and the dissolution of the monasteries. MacCulloch overturns many previous interpretations of the man who played a central role in the making of modern England and Ireland.

‘This is the biography we have been awaiting for 400 years’ Hilary Mantel

MacCulloch is professor of the history of the Church at the University of Oxford. He is best known for his work, A History of Christianity, which won the Cundill and Hessel-Tiltman prizes and which he adapted into a six-part BBC television series. His Thomas Cranmer won the Whitbread Biography prize, the James Tait Black prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. He is a fellow of the British Academy, and this event opens a series of events presented by the British Academy on the Thursday of the festival.

Here he talks to professor of classics at the University of Cambridge and fellow broadcaster Dame Mary Beard. She is author of many books on classical subjects and on general issues and has presented several television documentaries.

The 2019 British Academy Lecture was given by Professor Ronald Hutton and the 2017 lecture by Dame Hilary Mantel.


Presented by the British Academy.

 

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden