The Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton
Thursday 22nd September 2016
19:15 - 21:00 at Waterstones, St Albans
One of the most vibrant legends of St Albans is that of the female highwayman The Wicked Lady. Her tale has entered both the local folk-lore of Hertfordshire and become well-known to the public at large through the 1944 novel by Magdalen King Hall and the 1945 Gainsborough film starring Margaret Lockwood and James Mason.
Tonight, we welcome author and scholar Rowland Hughes for a fascinating evening talk that delves into the life and legend of Katherine Ferrers, the Hertfordshire woman whom the book was based who terrorised the highways of our county during the 1650s. A story of notoriety, female self empowerment, sexual promiscuity and cross dressing that brings to the fore issues in society at that time of the frustrations of ambitious, intelligent women, frustrated with domestic life with no means of self expression. We discuss this and the facts behind the sensation over wine and nibbles.
Tickets £3, redeemable against the pur hase of a book on the night.
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