Bestselling authors to give online Lydiard Park talks

By Barrie Hudson - 10 July 2020

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Two bestselling historical novelists are joining forces for a series of free Friends of Lydiard Park online talks.

  • The Friends of Lydiard Park have organised the talks

    The Friends of Lydiard Park have organised the talks

Elizabeth St John, author of the Lydiard Chronicles, draws on family papers, contemporary notebooks, documents and behind-the-scenes research at a number of historic properties to give a unique insight into the history of her ancestors.

Nicola Cornick is the award-winning author of more than thirty international bestselling historical novels. As a historian she specialises in public history and her books are inspired by the history, myths and legends of North Wessex and the Vale of the White Horse.

Their free talks will be on the subject of historic heroines.

Friends of Lydiard Park chair Sarah Finch-Crisp said: “I'm delighted that The Friends of Lydiard Park are able to bring our new Zoom series of live talks, Historic Heroines, to audiences from Swindon and history enthusiasts elsewhere in the country and abroad. 

"Characters so closely linked to Lydiard Park hold up a mirror to view England's wider history, and our expert speakers, Elizabeth St John and Nicola Cornick, bring them vividly to life. 

"Coronavirus may have put a temporary stop to our programme of events and activities at Lydiard but this is a great new way to engage with its fascinating past".

Elizabeth St John, author of the acclaimed Lydiard Chronicles, will give the first talk on Tuesday, 14  July. She promises a new perspective on one of the world’s most famous castles and prisons, The Tower of London, and her ancestress Lucy St. John, wife to the Lieutenant of the Tower during one of the most turbulent periods in history.

On 11 August Nicola Cornick will speak about Diana St John Beauclerk, neé Spencer, ancestress of the late Princess of Wales, whose life as a divorceé and painter in the mid-18th century broke the mould for aristocratic women.

The Friends of Lydiard Park is a charity and the successor to the Friends of Lydiard Tregoz which began in 1967. The organisation produced forty annual historical reports which is the largest body of reference material about Lydiard House and Park. 

Details of all the talks can be found at


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