Fes­ti­val that is fit for a queen

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Looking Back -

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

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