12 Sep 2017
Lecture: The Royal Ritual of Death
Speaker: Robert Stephenson
The death of a reigning monarch always has a significant impact on society. The ensuing
funeral, besides being the ultimate embodiment of ritual solemnity and subdued grandeur,
will assert royal power at the same times as it reflects contemporary national expectations.
This highly illustrated lecture will describe the treatment of royal bodies and the evolution
of royal mourning in England from the Anglo‐Saxons to the present day.
All talks start at 7:30 pm at the Dissenters’ Chapel, Ladbroke‐grove – please use the gate in
the wall just north of the canal. Doors open at 7:00 pm, talks start at 7:30 pm.
Pay on the door.