Blood and Roses
The Wars of the Roses, that forty year struggle between the Houses of Lancaster and York, is a familiar theme in English historical memory. But how many of us know the origins and consequences of this prolonged warfare? The conflict, both political and military, dominated English affairs in the latter half of the fifteenth century and culminatedin the accession of Henry VII and the founding of a new ruling dynasty: The Tudors.
As well as setting standards of sound scholarship, the programme was designed to be readily accessible to the enquiring visitor wishing to discover more on a topic of current or historic interest. The programme was led by speakers of distinction in their fields, including Oxford tutors. Participants experienced facets of Christ Church not normally open to the day visitor. Guests stayed in College rooms, and numbers attending these Special Interest Weekends were strictly limited to preserve the friendly and convivial atmosphere which participants enjoy. The weekend concluded with a Gala Banquet in the Great Hall.