Tales of the Original Humpty Dumpty
Wolsey comes to Queen Margaret's!
On 18th January Sixth Form Historians, staff and members from the Historical Association gathered in the Wenlock Library to hear expert on Renaissance History, lecturer and broadcaster on Vatican Radio Dr. Stella Fletcher deliver a lecture about the man who 'had a great fall'. Dr. Fletcher is a woman on a mission - she is determined to speak about Thomas Wolsey in every Diocese he was appointed Bishop of, and after last night had only one Diocese left - that of Lincoln. Usually delivering an entirely different type of lecture, one that looks at representatives of Wolsey on the stage, on screen and in knitwear (yes, it's true, look out for Wolsey socks!) Dr. Fletcher resolved to give the Sixth Form a taste of 'serious history'. This 'serious history' that mapped the life and career of Wolsey onto the chronology of the Italian Wars was delivered with a vibrancy and enthusiasm that kept the audience captivated and engaged. Interspersed with just the right amount of wit - including a comment about clerical beards and even a Monty Python sketch, the evening was thoroughly enjoyable as well as informative. With a lively response to her audience's questions, an anecdote from Wolsey's 'memoires' and even a reference to the seventeenth century French Cardinal Richelieu the evening was a real treat for all those who attended. Many thanks go to Dr. Fletcher for her time and 'Good luck in Lincoln' from all of Queen Margaret's School.