Royal Women

This talk explores the lives of three Royal women from the Tudor Court – Catherine of Aragon, Anne of Cleeves and Lady Katherine Knollys.  Two well-known, one less so.  All survived the potentially life-threatening difficulties they faced by largely utilising strategies learnt during their own childhoods.  We will also explore their Berkshire connections which includes, in one case, a sojourn at Abingdon Abbey.

Visitors and Non Members are welcome. £5 pp (cash only)

Tea / Coffee and biscuits available


Large free car park adjacent to hall



Mon 20 Mar


Doors open at 7.15 pm
19:30 - 21:45


Abingdon Branch
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP


Abingdon Branch - Berkshire FHS


  • Catherine Sampson MSc
    Catherine Sampson MSc

    Catherine is a veteran family historian. Her own family history research is mainly concentrated in East Anglia and the North-East.

    She loves history across all periods, both the very early (she read Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Sheffield in the 1980s) and the more modern. To increase her knowledge of the latter, she more recently went back to University (Oxford this time round) and completed first a Diploma and then a Masters in English Local History. She is a keen social historian and regularly gives talks across Berkshire and the surrounding counties.

    Catherine is Chairman and Projects Coordinator for Berkshire Family History, and also chairs Project Purley, Purley’s local history society. She has published several histories of her own family and in 2010 edited “Purley in Old Images”.