Tuesday 26 April 2022

Friends' Lecture in College Hall 7pm

Liz Russell will move from Anglo-Saxon times to the Tudors, as she shares her latest findings on Offa’s daughter, Alfrida and an Elizabethan heiress, Anne Denton. 

"After Ethelbert’s murder, Alfrida, his bride-to-be seems to have been airbrushed out of history. I have woven imagination with the few known facts about her into a brief story of her life. The first part of my talk will look at what is true and what invented? It will move from her childhood at Sutton Walls to her life as an enclosed nun in Crowland.

The second part will tell the story of the discovery, a few years ago, of a commonplace book written c 1560 in part by Anne Denton, whose magnificent tomb is in the south transept of our cathedral. It resulted in a fascinating piece of research as Anne, as a new bride, wrote several medical remedies in it. The one for sore breasts is particularly poignant as Anne died in childbirth, aged 18. The Denton family, living as they did in rapidly changing religious times remained Catholic, even after the Reformation and my research took me into fascinating aspects of Tudor recusancy in Herefordshire."

Wine/soft drinks/savouries included in the cost of £10 per member in advance (£12 guests / door).

This event has been organised by the Friends of Hereford Cathedral. To purchase tickets please email [email protected]