Essex Branch of the Historical Association

The next two talks are on Saturday April 10th and Saturday May 8. Both start at 2.30 p.m. and Zoom access can be made from 2.15 p.m. on

On Saturday April 10 Dr Nicola Tallis will talk on Lady Jane Grey.
Nicola is the author Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey. She has also written two other very well reviewed biographies, Uncrowned Queen, the Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch and Elizabeth's Rival, the Tumultuous Tale of Lettys Knollys, Countess of Leicester.

As part of her research on Lady Jane Grey Nicola came to visit New Hall (whose history I had written). I spent a couple of hours showing her round and listening to her fascinating thoughts which took shape in her excellent book on Lady Jane Grey which I have had the pleasure of reading. Thoroughly recommended! Do have a look at her website for further details of her background and work.

On Saturday May 8 Dr Vivien Newman will talk on Children in the Great War: Being Young in World War One.
Brain-washed, bombed, interned, living with the enemy or working for the war effort, the children of the Great War have long been overshadowed by the evacuees of World War Two. From playing war games in the nursery to being held as prisoners of war, marvel at the courage and resilience of children aross combatant nations whose world was irrevocably changed when that fateful shot was fired in Sarajevo on June 28th 1914 and the war's first three orphans were created.

Vivien currently works at the University of Essex and is also an expert on women's experiences in the First World War. She has written We Also Served: The Forgotten Women of the First World War; Nursing through Shot and Shell: A Great War Nurse’s Diary; Tumult and Tears: The Story of the Great War Through the Eyes and Lives of its Women Poets; Regina Diana: Seductress, Singer, Spy; Suffragism and the Great War; and Children at War: 1914-1918. She is currently working on, Changing Roles: Women in the Aftermath of the Great War. Most of these are currently available through Pen and Sword and from Amazon.

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