From Jane Austen to Queen Victoria - hear historian Lucy Worsley's view
As that most astute of historians Dr Lucy Worsley brings her current series of talks on Jane Austen to a close this week with appearances in Hereford and Newport she is already planning her next project.
The woman the Guardian called "the undisputed Queen of TV history" has recently concentrated on an examination of Jane Austen and her domestic life.
Her biography of the much loved author, Jane Austen at Home, was published to mark her bi-centenary last year. It considers what home actually meant to Jane, and tells her story through the rooms, spaces and places that mattered to her.
Dispelling the myth of the cynical, lonely spinster she offered instead a view of a witty and passionate woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.
Now Lucy is planning to turn her attentions to Queen Victoria and will be embarking on a further series of appearances with Clive Conway Productions later this year that will support a forthcoming book and question the popular perception of what Victoria was actually like.
For the time being though Lucy, who when she’s not appearing on TV is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, is sticking with Austen.
You can see her presenting Jane Austen at Home at The Courtyard in Hereford on Tuesday 17 April.More info at www.newportlive.co.uk
and at The Riverside Centre in Newport. More info at www.newportlive.co.uk
Watch out for her new talk later this year Queen Victoria, Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow which accompanies the book ofmteh same name which will be published on September 6th this year.