King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells

The Parish Church of King Charles the Marty, Tunbridge Wells

The King Charles Lecture

Given annually on a topic relating to Charles I and his times.

 

The next King Charles Lecture will take place on Saturday 28 January, 2023.

2022

A “Vain Amatorious Poem”: John Milton and Charles I Between Politics and Literature
Professor Joe Moshenska, University College, Oxford

2021

“The Sweetest of Sweets”? George Herbert and the music of the 17th century church
Dr Simon Jackson, Director of Music, Peterhouse, and Director of Studies in English Literature at Hughes Hall, Cambridge

2020

The Harpsichord in the English Manner – an illustrated exploration of English Keyboard Music 1600 – 1685
Steven Devine,  Principal Keyboard Player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

2019

The cult of King Charles – the Tyrant King?
Rev Canon Professor Mark D Chapman, Professor of the History of Theology, University of Oxford and Vice-Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon

2018

King Charles and Sir Antony van Dyck
Catharine Macleod, Senior Curator of 17th century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

2017

Who really killed the King?
Mr John Cunningham, Chair, RTW Civic Society Local History Group

2016

Dr Richard Busby, Headmaster of Westminster School 1638-95 – Royalist throughout the Commonwealth
Eddie Smith, Formerly Under Master and Archivist, Westminster School

2015

Music in the Chapels Royal of Charles I and his Queen
Professor John Harper, University of Birmingham

2014

The Royal Actor: King Charles 1 “Eikon Basilike” and the Performance of Prayer
Dr Robert Wilcher, Honorary Fellow, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

2013

“Comfortable Words”: The Book of Common Prayer and English Literature
Helen Wilcox, Bangor University

2012

George Herbert and the spirituality of the building
Mrs Colleen Wethered, King Charles the Martyr

2011

The King James Version: The First Four Hundred Years
Revd Robert Avery, Vicar of King Charles the Martyr

2010

The three Nineteenth Century Ministers of the King Charles Chapel Tunbridge Wells with particular reference to William Law Pope
David Bushell, King Charles the Martyr

 

 

2009

King Charles, His Churches and His Religion: An Ecumenical Perspective
Revd Dr David Lyall, King Charles the Martyr

2008

Samuel Pepys at the Rhenish Wine-House: The Earth, Religion, Science and What Went Wrong
Dr John Fuller, King Charles the Martyr

2007

Beyond 1606 – a 400th Anniversary Retrospective
Dr Philip Whitbourn, President, Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society

2006

Restoration and Transformation: Cathedral Music from Charles 11 to Queen Anne
Dr Keri Dexter, MA, MMus

2005

The Furie of the Ordnance: Gun Founding in the Weald in the Stuart Period
Jeremy Hodgkinson, Chairman Wealden Iron Research Group

2004

The Bishops of Rochester in the Restoration Church: Francis Turner and Thomas Sprat
Dr Kenneth Fincham, Reader in History, University of Kent

2003

Sir Samuel Morland and Stuart Espionage
Dr Alan Marshall, Bath Spa University College

2002

The Most Proper Day in all the Year: sermons commemorating Charles I’s death
Dr Clare Jackson, Fellow and Lecturer and Director of Studies in History, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

2001

Medicine and Society in Stuart Times
Dr Andrew Wear, Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, University College, London

2000

The King’s Head: Portraits of King Charles I
The Hon. Mrs Jane Roberts, Curator of the Print Room, Windsor Castle

1999

Food at the Time of the Stuarts
Elizabeth Ray, former food-writer for The Observer newspaper

1998

Music at the Court of Queen Henrietta Maria
Dr Jonathan Wainwright, Professor of Music, University of Nottingham

1997

Music at Court, from James I to Charles I
Dr Peter Holman, Lecturer in Music, King’s College, London

1996

The Political Style of Charles I
Dr Richard Cust, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Birmingham

1995

Puritanism in Kent and the Steps to the Civil War
Dr Jacqueline Eales, Senior Lecturer in History, Christchurch College, Canterbury

1994

The Royal Supremacy: 1634 to the present day
Lord Conrad Russell, Professor of History, King’s College, London

1993

James I and Charles 1I, Supreme Governors of the Church of England 1603-40
Dr Kenneth Fincham, Lecturer in History, University of Kent

1992

Art and Kingship: Visual Images of Charles I
Dr Felicity Heal, Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford

1991

Order, Monarchy and the One Body Politic
Canon Iain Mackenzie, Worcester Cathedral

1990

Charles I and the Witches
Dr Clive Holmes, Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

 

1989

The History of the Royal Observatory and Hurstmonceux Castle
Adam Perkins, Archives Office, Royal Greenwich Observatory

1988

English Baroque Church Decoration
Robert Chitham, Head of Historic Buildings Division, English Heritage

1987

Architectural Tastes in Stuart Times
Dr Philip Whitbourn, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

1986

The Opponents of King Charles
Jasper Ridley, Historian and Barrister

1985

Caroline Piety
Revd Dr Gordon Huelin

1984

King Charles: Myth or Reality
John Cooper, Head of Education, National Portrait Gallery

1983

The Sanctity of King Charles
Revd J M Charles-Roux, St Eltheldreda R C Church, Ely Place, City of London

1982

English Oak Furniture
Leonard Lassalle, antiques dealer, The Pantiles

1981

The Caroline Divines or Caroline Piety
Canon Paul Welsby

1980

Kent and East Sussex before the Civil War
Andrew Reekes, History Master, Tonbridge School

1979

The Divine Right of Kings
Anthony Maclean, Senior Extra-Mural Lecturer, University of Kent

1978

Royalist Sentiment After the Execution of King Charles
Dame Veronica Wedgewood

1977

Kentish Homes and People at the Restoration of Charles II
Frederick Lansbury. University of Kent

1976

Was King Charles a Martyr?
Revd Charles Gordon-Clark, Vicar King Charles the Martyr

1975

Charles and the Church of England
J G Parker, Head of History, Tonbridge School