Monday October 27. 1.30pm. The Beacon, Wantage. £6
Talking to local author Nicola Cornick, Suzannah will unravel The May Bride, her latest novel which depicts a crucial period in the former Queen’s life.
Jane Seymour is a quiet, reserved and obedient girl of 15 when her brother, Edward, brings his new bride, Katherine, home to Wolf Hall.
Vivacious and beautiful, Katherine charms the Seymour family into loving and accepting her. Jane begins an intoxicating friendship with her new sister-in-law, while Edward works to establish a life at court in order to ingratiate himself with Henry VIII.
For Jane, Katherine provides a warmth and closeness that she has always longed for, and she begins to trust and confide in Katherine, sharing her deepest secrets and desires. But after a blissful summer, Jane notices that all is not right between her revered brother and his captivating bride, and soon the Seymour family is rocked by shocking allegations, which tear the family apart and threaten all whom Jane holds dear.
An established author of contemporary novels prior to her five published historical pieces, Suzannah is currently writing a sixth, based on the life of Lady Jane Grey. Expect a wide-ranging discussion of the historical novel, with a special focus on Suzannah’s treatment of an incident in the early life of Jane Seymour, The May Bride.