Crown Jewels, 1445 – 1548

Speaker: Nicola Tallis

Tue, 4 Apr 2023

About the lecture:


Nicola’s talk ‘All the Queen’s Jewels 1445 – 1548’ is based on her thesis. It will examine the jewelry collections of the Yorkist and early Tudor queens from Margaret of Anjou to Catherine Parr, and the role of jewels during this period as a display of wealth, majesty, and authority.

Our lecturer: Nicola Tallis


Nicola Tallis graduated from Bath Spa University with a first-class BA Hons degree in History in 2011 and from Royal Holloway College, University of London, in 2013 with an MA. She completed her PhD at the University of Winchester in 2019.

In her career, she has worked as the curator at Sudeley Castle and featured prominently on BBC’s Countryfile – in April 2013 guiding visitors at Sudeley. Additionally, she has worked as a historical researcher and has been one of the resident historians for Alison Weir Tours.

Nicola says: “I spent three years researching and writing a biography of Lady Frances Brandon, mother to Lady Jane Grey – I never published it, but I was able to draw on my research when I completed my first book. Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey, is a non-fiction biography, and was published in 2016 by Michael O’Mara Books in the UK, and Pegasus in the US. My second book, Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester, was published by Michael O’Mara Books in the UK in 2017, and in the US with Pegasus in 2018. It is the first ever biography of one of the great Elizabethans. Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch, was published by Michael O’Mara Books in the UK in 2019, and by Basic Books in the US in 2020. I am currently working on my fourth and fifth books, due to be published in 2022 and 2023. The title of one has yet to be announced, but the other is based on my doctorate. All the Queen’s Jewels, 1445-1548: Power, Majesty and Display will be published by Routledge.”

For more information visit:https://nicolatallis.com/