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June 11, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • The History Books

The History Books

Leo McKinstry, Rosie Harte, Alison Weir
Layer Marney Tower 3x2


Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, CO5 9US
per event, includes entry to Layer Marney Tower and Gardens. All 3 events for £36

The History Books
Layer Marney Tower
Sunday 11 June

Fancy indulging in a spot of time-travel this Summer? Then head to Layer Marney Tower, one of Henry VIII’s confirmed ‘favourites’, for a rich assortment of history books, extending from the Tudors to World War II and the royal wardrobe, including a historical music performance.

Box Office: Online or via Mercury Theatre 01206 573948

Festival tickets include free entry to Layer Marney Tower and Gardens



The History Books Ticket Deal: All three events for £36. Includes entrance to Layer Marney Tower and Gardens.

12.00midday – Leo McKinstry
2.00pm – Rosie Harte
4.00pm – Alison Weir

Discount is automatically applied when tickets for all 3 events are booked. 



12.00 Midday
Leo McKinstry – Cinderella Boys

Photo of Leo McKinstry alongside image of Cinderella Boys book cover

The remarkable story of the unsung RAF wing who rescued Britain from Hitler’s U-boats and made Allied victory possible. Based on a wealth of new sources, including from diaries, log books, archives and interviews, Leo McKinstry shines a new light on the courageous pilots, ingenious scientists and political risktakers who defended the freezing Atlantic from Nazi rule.

Rosie Harte – The Royal Wardrobe

Photo of author Rosie Harte alongside image of The Royal Wardrobe book cover

Fashion for the Royal Family has been one of their most powerful weapons and plays a key role in why they still exist today. Their clothes are imbued with meaning, with history, and with majesty but at their core they tell a story. TikTok sensation, Rosie Harte, dives into The Royal Wardrobe and tells of a horrible history and colourful past that will surprise and fascinate.

Alison Weir – Henry VIII The Heart & The Crown

Alison Weir, No 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Six Tudor Queens series, returns to Layer Marney Tower with the second in a captivating new trio of novels spanning three generations of history’s most iconic family, the Tudors, Henry VIII: The Heart & the Crown is a riveting tale, and ultimately a poignant
one, taking an empathetic view of a man who is all too often portrayed as a caricature of his true self.  This event will include a special performance by Historical Musicians Pearl in the Egg who will be playing traditional music of Henry VIII’s time.



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Hearing Loop: There is no hearing loop at the venue - Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least five days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]