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Nathen Amin: The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown

Friday 4th May, 7.45pm St Peter’s Church, North Street, Oundle

The Wars of the Roses were a tumultuous period in English history, with family fighting family over the greatest prize in the kingdom - the throne of England.  Many families were involved but none symbolised the volatile nature of the period quite like the House of Beaufort.  Their rise, fall, and rise again is the story of England during the fifteenth century, a dramatic century of war, intrigue and scandal both at home and abroad.  Many books have been written about individual members of the dynasty, but never has the whole family been explored as one.  This book uncovers the rise of the Beauforts from bastard stock of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, to esteemed companions of their cousin Henry V, celebrated victor of Agincourt, and tracks their chastening fall with the House of Lancaster during the 1460s and 1470s.  The hopes and fortunes of the family gradually came to rest upon the shoulders of a teenage widow named Margaret Beaufort and her young son Henry. From Margaret would rise the House of Tudor; from bastards to princes, the Beauforts are medieval England’s most captivating family. 

Nathen’s first book Tudor Wales was released in 2014 and he is currently working on his fourth book, Pretenders to the Tudor Crown, for release in 2019.  He is also the founder of the Henry Tudor Society.

£1 off early-bird tickets bought before 27th April, available from the Oundle Box Office.

Amelia Dalton: Mistress and Commander: High Jinks, High Seas and Highlanders Saturday

12th May, 7.45pm St Peter’s Church, North Street, Oundle

Weary of her Yorkshire county life of grouse moors and hunt balls, Amelia Dalton threw herself instead into converting a deep sea trawler into a holiday cruiser. Unprepared by her background, she had to deal with the closed community of fishermen in NE Scotland in the 90s, negotiate red tape, oversee shipyards and deal with engineers, while coping with demanding shareholders and wayward employees.  What began as a love affair with the romance of the sea became a battle to stay afloat financially and literally.  This is a lively account of an adventure like no other and a voyage of self-discovery.

For ten years, Amelia Dalton owned a small ship running cruises to the remote island chains of Scotland’s stunning West Coast. She worked closely with The National Trust for Scotland, and gained her commercial qualifications as a Captain.  Amelia advises for individual clients on river and ocean cruises and runs her own travel company, Amelia Dalton Travel.

£1 off early-bird tickets bought before 5th May, available from the Oundle Box Office.

Tickets £8, conc. £6, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle,  open Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm on 01832 274734  or at www.oundlefestival.org.uk Any queries call Helen on 07743 988 181 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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