Virginia Rounding at Southwark Cathedral History Day

Virginia Rounding at Southwark Cathedral History Day
  • The Library, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA
    The Library, Southwark Cathedral
    London Bridge London, SE1 9DA UNITED KINGDOM
  • 18/11/2017 10:00 - 18/11/2017 11:15

£10.00

Southwark Cathedral presents a day of talks about London, looking at its stories, old and new. Virginia Rounding will be talking about The Smithfield Martyrs, the subject of her new book, The Burning Time. Smithfield, settled on the fringes of Roman London, was once a place of revelry. Jesters and crowds flocked for the medieval St Bartholomew's Day celebrations, tournaments were plentiful and it became the location of London's most famous meat market. Yet in Tudor England, Smithfield had another, more sinister use: the public execution of heretics. Spanning the reigns of British history's most remarkable dynasty, The Burning Time is a vivid insight into an era in which what was orthodoxy one year might be dangerous heresy the next.

Virginia Rounding is a writer, critic and former RLF Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Author of biographies of Catherine the Great, Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, and of Grandes Horizontales, a study of French courtesans, she also contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, such as the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times. She is involved in the current life of Smithfield as an elected City of London councillor, known as a 'Common Councilman', for the area.