David Starkey: A Monarchy of Misfits?

Fri 14 June 2019


The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, when the second son of the Prince of Wales married a divorced American actress of mixed race and uncertain religion, was seen as marking a fundamental modernisation of the British monarchy.

Actually, it was only a return to the 14th century when one of the many sons of King Edward III married a twice-divorced merry widow who’d eloped with her first husband at the age of 12; another a part-Moorish Spanish princess who (it is claimed) was a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad; while a third wed the au pair!

This talk traces the radically shifting marriage customs of the British monarchy, from the laxity of the Middle Ages, through the stringencies of the Hanoverians, to the house of Windsor and its sometimes contorted adaptations to the realities of modern family life.

Event Info



The event includes a Q&A, and will be followed by a book-signing.

Running Time

1 hour 50 minutes, including interval and Q&A session book now

Supplementary Event

Pre-Show Dining - David Starkey: A Monarchy of Misfits?

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