Resisting the Virgin Queen – online talk

In the difficult times we all face due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, Berkshire Family History Society is delighted to offer you this online talk, which replaces the previously scheduled face to face talk on the same date. Enjoy this from the comfort and safety of your own 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, 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?

The talk will last approximately one hour after which there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Advance booking is required as you will be sent a link to access the live talk. The booking system will close 24 hours before the talk. 

To be able to enjoy this talk online, you will need a computer (or laptop/tablet) which has built-in or separate speakers and a built-in or separate mic. Your computer device needs to have a browser and be connected to broadband. You will be asked to download a small piece of software the first time you join to enable you to use the online conferencing software. This will be sent to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance please contact  

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Book Event

Non-members £5

For non-members of Berkshire Family History Society and members' guests

Available Tickets: 27
The Non-members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Members £4

For members of Berkshire Family History Society

Available Tickets: 27
The Members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


  • 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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Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

The society offers:

  • Research Zone in central Reading that is free to use and open to all

  • Free access at The Centre for Heritage and Family History to online resources like FindMyPast, the 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (the worldwide edition)

  • Regular free help and advice sessions

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  • Online discussion list for members  informed answers to research queries and advice from experienced researchers

  • Members’ Area with data and other information not readily accessible elsewhere

  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

  • Quarterly magazine, the Berkshire Family Historian, for members

  • a chance to join in project work, recording, transcribing and helping to preserve records

  • Links to the research experience, advice and support of members worldwide

  • Opportunities to volunteer and so help others with their family history