- DURATION 1 hr
As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, author Annie Garthwaite brings us face to face with Cecily, 15th century matriarch of the House of York and one of England’s great unsung dynasty builders. Born in the year of Agincourt, Cecily lived through 80 years of tumultuous history, led her family through civil war and saw two of her sons – Edward IV and Richard III – gain the throne. In her lifetime, she was one of the most powerful women in England, second only to queens. Reading from her novel, Annie will reveal Cecily in all her complex glory: A dynastic schemer and a political mover and shaker of the first rank; a strategist, politician and administrator par excellence. A woman of her time and for all time.
- Duration: 1 hr
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Meet the Host, Annie Garthwaite
Annie Garthwaite grew up in a working class community in the north-east of England. A schoolgirl interest in medieval history became a lifelong obsession with Cecily Neville, so, at age fifty-five, she enrolled on the Warwick Writing MA programme. Her extraordinary debut novel Cecily is the result. During a thirty-year international business career she frequently found herself the only woman at the table, where she gained valuable insights into how a woman like Cecily might have operated.
Find out more about Annie here
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