Resisting the Virgin Queen – online talk

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Enjoy this online talk from the comfort and safety of your home, whilst still being able to ask questions to the speaker. 

During her long reign, Queen Elizabeth I faced continued resistance from the dwindling, but still significant, minority of her subjects who remained loyal to Roman Catholicism.

This talk describes the very different strategies adopted by three notable Catholics, all with homes close to Reading. One of Mary Tudor’s strongest supporters, Francis Englefield of Englefield House. The celebrated Elizabethan lawyer, Edmund Plowden of Shiplake. And William Wollascott, a lawyer who lived at Tidmarsh. But who was the most successful at resisting the Virgin Queen?

After the talk, there will be time for questions. Pre-booking is required, because you will be emailed the meeting link. Bookings close one day beforehand. 

To enjoy this talk, you will need a computer (or laptop/tablet) which has speakers and a microphone. Ideally, also a web-cam. You also need to be able to access your emails from this device. First-time users will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance. For technical help email:  

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06 Jun 2020


12:00 - 13:00




Zoom Video Conference


  • Tony Hadland
    Tony Hadland

    Born 1949 in Reading, Tony Hadland is a retired chartered building surveyor, information scientist, operational risk manager and museum administrator, who has also been a freelance broadcaster. Today he is a historian specialising in bicycle history, recusancy and family history. He has been chairman of the Oxfordshire Local History Association and vice-chairman of the Oxfordshire Family History Society and editor of its journal. He is currently working on books for the Veteran-Cycle Club and the Oxfordshire Records Society.

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