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Talk, Fri 26 Apr 2019, £6

Nathen Amin

Nathen Amin

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The friends of Wakefield Chantry Chapel are delighted to welcome Amazon's best-selling author, Nathen Amin, to talk about his latest book. Nathen is an author and researcher from Carmarthenshire, West Wales, who focuses on the 15th Century and the reign of Henry VII. The Beaufort Family gives a fascinating insight into how an illegitimate line came to challenge for and win the throne of England. Not only is Nathen a superb historical storyteller, he is an accomplished public speaker, having presented at BBC History Extra and numerous literary festivals.

He will also give his own take on the Wars of Roses, including the 1460 Battle of Wakefield.

"House of Beaufort; the Bastard Line that Captured a Throne" was published by Amberley Publishing in 2017.
The Wars of the Roses were a tumultous period in English history, with family fighting family for the greatest prize in the kingdom – the throne of England. But what gave the eventual victor, Henry Tudor, the right to claim the throne? What made his mother the great heiress of medieval England? And how could an illegitimate line come to challenge the English monarchy?
Whilst the Houses of York and Lancaster battled directly for the crown, other noble families of England also played integral roles in the war; grand and prestigious names like the Howards, Nevilles and Percys were intimately involved in the conflict but arguably none symbolised the volatile nature of the period quite like the House of Beaufort. The story of the Beauforts, with their rise, fall and rise again, is the story of England during the period, a dramatic century of war, intrigue and scandal. Many books have been written about individual members of the dynasty but never has the whole family been explored as one.
This book will uncover the rise of the Beauforts from bastard stock of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, to respected companions of their cousin Henry V, celebrated victor of Agincourt. The Beauforts fell with the House of Lancaster during the 1460s and 1470s, and their hopes and fortunes came to rest upon the shoulders of a teenage widow named Margaret and her young son, Henry. From her would rise the House of Tudor, the most famous of all England’s royal houses and a dynasty who owed their crown to their forebears, the House of Beaufort. From bastards to princes, the Beauforts are medieval England’s most intriguing family.”

More information about the speaker can be found on his website -

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 26 Apr 2019 19:00 to 21:00


Ticket price is £6. Tickets are available in person, online and by phone from the Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2TE
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Map reference: SE 338202  Lat: 53.67751 Long: -1.48898

By Road:
Follow Doncaster Road (A638) out of Wakefield City centre.
Chantry Chapel is located on a medieval bridge running adjacent to Doncaster Road.
(Medieval Bridge is closed to traffic)

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Kirkgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station