Festival that is fit for a queen
A Royal Audience with ‘King Henry VIII and Queen Katharine’, a rare chance to see the 500 year old Peterborough Book of Hours, and a talk by the broadcaster and historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb are just some of the exciting things happening during the 2017 Katharine of Aragon Festival
The popular annual festival – at Peterborough Cathedral and Peterborough Museum from January 26-29 – marks the date in January 1536 when Henry VIII’s first wife, Katharine of Aragon, who died in exile at Kimbolton Castle after almost 24 years of marriage, was buried at Peterborough Abbey (now the cathedral).
A colourful procession of 300 schoolchildren led by Tudor musicians will start the Festival on Friday (27th) , when they walk across Cathedral Squaretothecathedralto take part in acommemorative service at 10.30am.
Representatives of the Spanish Embassy and other dignitaries will lay wreaths on Katharine’s tomb during the service.
On Friday evening Dr Lipscomb will give her talk in the cathedral entitled ‘Character and Conscience: A Dynasty of Catholic Queens’, and onSaturdayeveningthehistorian Lauren Mackay, will look at Katharine through the eyes of her ambassadors and their many reports.
Children and f amilies will have plenty to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday, when they can meet ‘King Henry and Queen Katharine’ in the Knights’ Chamber at the cathedral as well as make some craftstotakehome. Atthemuseum they will be able to find out about life in Tudor times, meeting the barber surgeon with his gruesome cures, learn 16th century manners with a Tudor lady and handling arms and armour with a Tudor soldier.
The Peterborough Book of Hours, an illuminated manuscript that is usually kept locked away to protect it from light damage, will be on display at the museum as part of their Tremendous Tudors exhibition, which will also tell stories from Tudor Peterborough.
There is also an exhibition about Katharine’s life at the CathedralVisitor Centre, with areplica of oneofhergownsas the centrepiece.
Specialtoursandcathedral services led bythechoirarealso part of the festival.
More details and ticket information is available at www. peterborough-cathedral.org. ukorwww.vivacity- peterborough.com
An audience with a queen (above) and Suzannah Lipscomb (below) Thursday, January 26 5.30pm Friday, January 27 8.30am 10.30am 2.00pm 7.30pm
Saturday, January 28 10.00am–5.00pm