One of the best-known figures of British history, collective memory of Henry VIII presents us with the image of a corpulent, covetous, and cunning king whose appetite for worldly goods met few parallels, whose wives met infamously premature ends, and whose religion was ever political in intent. 1536 - focusing on a pivotal year in the life of the King - reveals a fuller portrait of this complex monarch, detailing the finer shades of humanity that have so long been overlooked. We discover that in 1536 Henry met many failures - physical, personal, and political - and emerged from them a revolutionary new king who proceeded to transform a nation and reform a religion. A compelling story, the effects of which are still with us today, 1536 shows what a profound difference can be made merely by changing the heart of a king.
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is an historian, author, broadcaster and award-winning academic. She is Senior Lecturer and Convenor for History at New College of the Humanities. Suzannah is the author of a number of books including 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII. Suzannah's TV work includes: presenting Bloody Tales of the Tower (NatGeo), The Book Show, Secret Lives (History, Canada) and Inside the World of Henry VIII (History, UK), plus appearances on The One Show , The Great British Weather Show , GMTV, Museum Secrets (History, Canada), Martyrs for the Book (PBS), BBC News, ITV London and Globo-TV. As a royal historian, she commentated live from a studio at Buckingham Palace on the Royal Wedding for CTV. She regularly appears on Time Team (Season 20, Channel 4) and Sky News Sunrise reviewing the papers. A second series of Bloody Tales for NatGeo and a history programme for BBC4 have been commissioned for 2013. Suzannah's radio work includes presenting BBC Radio 3's The Essay, presenter's friend on BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC, and appearances on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme and Six O'Clock News, BBC Radio 5 Live, LBC, NPR and many local radio stations. Her journalism has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, BBC History Magazine and History Today. Suzannah has a double first in BA History and M.St. in Historical Research from Lincoln College, Oxford and D.Phil. in History from Balliol College, Oxford, where she was a Jowett Senior Scholar. Her previous positions include Royal Historical Society Marshall Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace. Suzannah continues to hold a post as Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. She is a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and a School Governor at Epsom College. For further details of Suzannah's education and career, visit her website: http://suzannahlipscomb.com.