Event Start Date: 29 July 2024

You are warmly invited to join us for a talk, entitled Murder of a Middle Templar: why did Sir Thomas Overbury die?, at Middle Temple Library from 6pm on Monday 29 July. Jackie Watson (English, 1986), our Alumni Relations Officer, has a new book out that considers the letters surrounding the career of Middle Temple law student, Sir Thomas Overbury, at the court of James VI and I, and what led to his death in the Tower of London in 1613.

In her talk, she will look at key ideas in the book, Epistolary Courtiership and Dramatic Letters.  How much legal power did James VI and I actually have over his subjects? How easy was Jacobean social climbing? How important was friendship between men, if you intended to do succeed in Jacobean England?

The event will be joint with Middle Temple and places are limited in the Library; these will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, so please book quickly! There will be a drinks reception after the talk.

Just before the talk, Jackie will lead a small group around the area surrounding the Inns of Court, giving a brief historical context for the setting of the talk. This short tour will begin at 5pm. If you would like to join this (maximum 20 people), you can opt for that at booking and we’ll send details.

There will be a charge of £20 per person for the talk; the tour is free. Once the capacity for the tour or the talk is reached, you’ll be added to a waiting list, and we’ll be in touch if tickets become available.

All alumni are welcome. We hope you can join us!

Kim Anderson (1978, Modern Languages) and Jenny Ladbury (1981, History)
Co-chairs Somerville London Group Committee

Bookings have now closed for this event.  Please contact the Alumni Office if you have a query on:  

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