Lecture: Lady Ann Bacon of Gorhambury

Speaker: Deborah Spring

Lady Anne Bacon (1528-1610) was a formidable and intelligent woman whose life has been largely overlooked. Though as a woman she was formally excluded from political power, her advanced education and keen intellect led to recognition outside the domestic sphere, among the political and scholarly elite of the Tudor age. Erudite and resolute, a prominent religious reformer and published translator, she was married to one of Elizabeth’s senior advisors and served both Mary I and Elizabeth I. After her husband’s death, she ran the Gorhambury estate alone for thirty years and lived to see her son Francis become a leading statesman.

Deborah Spring, a researcher, writer and former academic publisher is working on a biography of Lady Anne Bacon.

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