Sir Christopher Hatton

Malcolm Deacon

22nd May 2010

St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

Malcolm Deacon has been a Northampton headmaster as well as minister (1991-2002) of Castle Hill United Reform Church in Northampton. He has taught history in adult education, is a popular speaker on a variety of historical subjects and is active in leading heritage groups in studying the county's history.His biography on Philip Dodderidge published in 1980 is widely acclaimed.

Malcolm's talk on Sir Christopher Hatton is based upon his recent biography The Courtier & the Queen: Sir Christopher Hatton and Elizabeth I (2008). He will outline Hatton's life in the context of Elizabethan England and his native Northamptonshire, his devotion to the Queen both as a monarch and as a woman, his love of pageantry and building ventures, his patronage of the arts and explorers like Sir Francis Drake, his involvement in the trials of various conspirators and the Queen of Scots, his loyalty especially during the crisis of 1588, and his influence in Parliament. Hatton has been largely ignored by historians, and Malcolm's researches, using some little known sources, exposes the myth of him merely as a puppet of the Queen ("the Dancing Chancellor"). His relationship to Elizabeth was different in kind to those of Burghley, Walsingham or Dudley yet had its own closeness and significance. The talk will shed new light on the Elizabethan world from the perspective of one man who quietly remained at the hub of the stirring events of the period.

This lecture followed the Annual General Meeting of the Society.

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