Dr Suzannah Lipscomb on Anne Boleyn

The Green Ribbon Club was treated on Tuesday evening to a lecture by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb from The New College of the Humanities. Dr Lipscomb is a distinguished Historian and rising media star, and an outstandingly bright and engaging lecturer. She is particularly interested in Sixteenth Century history (it has, she says, just enough evidence to keep Historians guessing and just enough gaps for them to be unsure that they have the solution). She chose the subject of Anne Boleyn for this address and divided her subject in to three areas: firstly, why was Anne so attractive to Henry; secondly was she chaste or a sexual predator; and thirdly why was Anne executed – was she guilty? Dr Lipscomb skilfully drew us in to the world of Anne Boleyn and dissected the evidence surrounding each of her three questions with precision and brilliance, leading to very persuasive explanations and answers from the wealth of conflicting evidence (Anne played the game of courtly love to her own eventual detriment. Henry was not responsible but was devastated by the trial and execution). It was a spellbinding evening and led to much debate subsequently. We were very fortunate to have had Dr Lipscomb with us and all were impressed, absorbed and enriched by this evening.

By Jonathan Selby, Head of History

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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