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Vermont Humanities Council event: Medieval scholar discusses lives of Henry VIII’s wives

News Release — Vermont Humanities Council
May 13, 2014

Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, 802.262.2626 x *302

Part of First Wednesdays at Norwich Congregational Church: A Free Lecture Presented by Vermont Humanities Council

Norwich ~ Author and scholar Kavita Finn will examine the lives of King Henry the Eighth’s several wives in a talk at Norwich Congregational Church on June 4 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “The Six Wives of Henry VIII,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. (This talk was rescheduled from February 5.)

Finn will examine the lives of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Katherine Parr — their backgrounds, their marriages to the king, and how they have been depicted both during their time and today.

Kavita Mudan Finn completed her PhD in English Literature at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the development of historical culture in late medieval and early modern Europe. She is the author of The Last Plantagenet Consorts: Gender, Genre, and Historiography 1440-1627, published in June 2012.


The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Norwich are held at Norwich Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays.

Norwich Public Library is sponsored by Friends of Norwich Public Library, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Ledyard National Bank, Mascoma Savings Bank, and Norwich Historical Society.

Norwich First Wednesdays listing

First Wednesdays Brochure for all sites

For more information, contact Norwich Public Library at 802.649.1184, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or, or visit

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