As part of our Tudor Summer programme, we are pleased to be welcoming James Clark, Professor of History at Exeter University, to deliver this talk exploring the role Cardinal Wolsey played in the Tudor transformation of St Albans. 

A power-hungry individual, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey laid the foundations for the autocratic rule of Henry VIII. Wolsey's command over court politics and his control of the church were extending the reach of royal authority right across the Tudor realm. His formidable figure and infamous fall from grace have always been centre-stage in the drama of Henry's reign, from Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons and Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall

Less well-known though is the colourful cardinal's St Albans Story. Although not a monk, Wolsey was appointed by the king to be an abbot of St Albans monastery. Holding on to this title until the end, Wolsey changed the historic abbey and its profile in the town and region forever. Learn how St Albans changed under the hand of the this merciless statesman. 

When | Thursday 30 June, 7.30-c.9pm

Where | Alban Room, 1st Floor Chapter House (online recording to be distributed within 24 hours for those unable to attend in person*) 

Speaker | Professor James Clark, Professor of History at Exeter University and author of The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History (named as one of the 'History Books of the Year 2021' in BBC History Magazine)

* if you are unable to attend this event in person, please continue to purchase an ONLINE ticket and you will be sent a recording within 24 hours. 

Please note that online booking closes at midday on the day of the talk.