Suzannah is an engaging public speaker. She has given many talks and lectures, including keynote speeches and distinguished lectures, at literary festivals, businesses, universities, museums, galleries, history societies, and schools. She’d be delighted to come and talk to you! Please contact her broadcast agents, Knight Ayton, if you’d like to invite her to speak.

Here she delivers a keynote lecture at a Media Conference in Malmo:

Here she is giving a TEDx talk at St Paul’s School:

What are people saying about Suzannah’s talks and tours? Storify has comments after a day-trip to Hampton Court.

If you’d like Suzannah to come and talk to your organisation, please pick a title from the following list, or ask about a topic of your choice.

Talks are 40-50 minutes long, unless otherwise specified. They are arranged here by category.

The study of history

  • Is the Past a Foreign Country? (20 minutes)
  • What Can we Learn from the Past?
  • Why Care about the Past?
  • Leadership Lessons from History

Henry VIII

  • Prince to Tyrant: What Changed Henry VIII?
  • Magnificence, Love and Scaffolds: Politics at the Court of Henry VIII
  • Henry VIII and the Break with Rome
  • Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: The Lovers Who Changed History
  • The Mystery of Henry VIII’s Will
  • Scars on the Landscape: The Dissolution of the Monasteries

Sixteenth-century women

  • Witchcraft
  • Passing God’s Judgment: The Protestant Church and Women in Sixteenth-Century Languedoc
  • Character and Conscience: A Dynasty of Catholic Queens (Katherine of Aragon, Isabella of Spain, and Mary I of England)
  • Breaking the Silence: Finding the Ordinary Women of Sixteenth-Century France
  • The Six Queens of Henry VIII (90 mins)
  • The Sister Queens: Mary I and Elizabeth I

The Tudors

  • Leadership Lessons from The Tudors
  • The Tudors: The Dynasty that Made England
  • Fit for a King: Power, Glory and Fashion at the Tudor Court
  • Possibilities, Perils and Passions: Tudors and their Houses
  • Remembering the Tudors
  • Elizabeth I Before the Armada

The sixteenth century more generally…

  • The Reformation
  • Shakespeare’s World
  • Tyranny, Self-Fashioning and Power: The Literary Sixteenth Century
  • The Four Horsemen: Revelation, War, Famine and Disease in the Early Modern World

Selected recent talks (2017 – 2018):

  • Guildford High School, ‘Prince to Tyrant: What Changed Henry VIII?’, March 2018
  • Just a Drop charity, Royal Geographical Society, ‘The Private Life of Henry VIII, March 2018
  • St Mary’s School, Wiltshire, ‘The Mystery of Henry VIII’s Will’, January 2018
  • Distinguished Lecture, Institute of Advanced Studies, Toulouse, France, ‘Passing God’s Judgment: The Reformed Church and Women in Sixteenth-Century Languedoc’, December 2017
  • Swedish Enterprise Lin Education Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, ‘Leadership Lessons from History’, November 2017
  • Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, ‘Witchcraft’, November 2017
  • Keynote Lecture, The National Archives, ‘Henry VIII and the Break with Rome’, October 2017
  • The Edward Alleyn Lecture 2017, Alleyn’s School, ‘The Reformation’, October 2017
  • Keynote Address, Senate House Library, ‘Reformation’, August 2017
  • History Masterclass with Dr Sam Willis, York Minster Old Palace, ‘Henry VIII in Love and War’, August 2017
  • Oadby Library, Leicestershire, ‘The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII’, August 2017
  • Chalke Valley History Festival, ‘Witchcraft and the Witch Trials’, ‘Shakespeare’s World’, and ‘History Masterclass: How to be An Historian’, June 2017
  • Kings School, Gloucester, Prizegiving Speech, July 2017
  • The Spring, Havant, ‘Six Queens: The Wives of Henry VIII’, June 2017
  • Hampton Court Palace, ‘Playing the Fool: Natural Fools at Henry VIII’s Court’, May 2017
  • Queen Mary 2, Cunard, three lectures, April 2017
  • History Masterclass, London, ‘The Witch-Trials’, February 2017
  • Queen’s Gate School, ‘The Past is a Foreign Country’, February 2017
  • Trinity College, Cambridge, ‘The Mystery of Henry VIII’s Will’, February 2017
  • Katherine of Aragon Festival, Peterborough Cathedral, ‘Character and Conscience: A Dynasty of Catholic Queens’, January 2017 
  • Jaipur Literature Festival, India, ‘Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: The Lovers Who Changed History’, January 2017

Selected previous talks by genre (prior to 2017):

Keynote and Distinguished Guest Lectures

  • British Council, Singapore, 2016
  • The National Archives, Writer of the Month, 2015
  • Media Evolution Conference, Malmo, Sweden, 2013
  • Society of Renaissance Studies Annual Lecture, 2011
  • Historical Association at the British Library, 2009

History and Literary Festivals

  • Cheltenham Literary Festival, 2015 and 2016
  • King’s Lynn Festival, 2016
  • Althorp Festival, 2016
  • Oxford Literary Festival, 2016
  • BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends, 2013-2016
  • History Hit! Live 2015 and 2016
  • How the Light Gets In Festival, Hay, 2015
  • Swindon Literary Festival, 2015
  • Chalke Valley History Festival, 2014 and 2016
  • The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, 2014
  • English Heritage Festival of History at Kelmarsh Hall, 2013
  • Latitude Festival, ‘A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England’, 2012
  • Blickling Hall, The Boleyn Festival, 2012


  • Winton Capital, 2015
  • Jardine Matheson Executives, 2014
  • Chalke Valley, Patrons’ Dinner, 2014
  • Department for Transport, DEFRA and DCLG, 2013


  • Week-long tour of Tudor England, Historical Trips, 2015
  • Day-trips, Hampton Court, with Historical Trips, 2016
  • Travel Editions, 2016
  • The Telegraph Travel Tour, 2015

Museums, Galleries and Theatres

  • Arcola Theatre, London, 2016
  • Friends of Nonsuch, 2015
  • The Director’s Lecture, Ashmolean Museum, 2014
  • The Tower of London, 2012 and 2014
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, 2013
  • World Monuments Fund at the Royal Geographical Society, 2012
  • Kensington Palace, 2012
  • Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage), 2012
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • The Mary Rose Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery


  • Harrow School, Bangkok, 2016
  • UWA Dover, Singapore, 2016
  • Epsom College in Malaysia, 2016
  • Universities and Employers’ Panel, HMC Annual Conference, 2016
  • Bolton School Girls’, 2016
  • Guildford High School Prizegiving, Guest Speaker, 2016
  • Queenswood School Prizegiving, Guest Speaker, 2016
  • Stamford Endowed Schools, 2015
  • Brentwood School, 2015
  • Epsom College Prizegiving, Guest Speaker, 2015
  • Haileybury School, Speech Day, Guest Speaker, 2014
  • Ipswich School, Speech Day, Guest Speaker, 2014
  • Villiers Park Educational Trust, 2012


  • Institute of Historical Research, Public History Day, 2016
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Brasenose College, Oxford
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas State University
  • University College, Dublin
  • Queen Mary University
  • The College of William and Mary
  • Fordham University
  • Salisbury University
  • The University of Maryland
  • James Madison University
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of East Anglia and UEA, London
  • University of Lancaster



Please email Knight Ayton, Suzannah’s broadcast agent, to arrange for Suzannah to speak at your organisation.