Best-selling author Alison Weir to tell story of Katherine’s exile

Author Alison Weir.
Author Alison Weir.
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The UK’s best-selling female historian, Alison Weir, is to give an illustrated talk on “The Exile of Katharine of Aragon” at Peterborough Cathedral, on Friday, 30 January.

Katharine of Aragon was buried at Peterborough Abbey in January 1536 (it later became a Cathedral).

Alison will tell the vivid and tragic story of Katharine’s last years, which were spent in exile not only from the court but also from her adored husband the King, and her beloved daughter, the future Mary I. She stayed at various houses in this area including Buckden Palace and Kimbolton Castle, where she died.

Alison Weir is renowned for being one of our most accessible historians. She has published 16 history books including The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Princes in the Tower, and several historical novels. All her books are packed with historical detail and fine storytelling.

Following her talk she will answer questions from the audience before signing copies of her books. There will be a bookstall selling a selection of her publications, and wine and soft drinks will be served.

This event is kindly sponsored by Service AV. The proceeds from the evening will go towards the preservation of Peterborough Cathedral’s Precinct walls.

Tickets are on sale for the talk which begins at 7.30pm - at £11.00 (£5.50 under 18s), including a glass of wine or soft drink from the Cathedral Shop or online via

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