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Wednesday Talk: Before Spring Came Summer: the life of Jane Whorwood, 1612-1684 by Michelle Hockley

Join us for a fascinating talk from Michelle Hockley about her book Before Spring Came Summer: the life of Jane Whorwood, 1612-1684.

Before Spring Came Summer is an historical drama based on true events. Set during the seventeenth century against a backdrop of civil and domestic unrest, Jane Whorwood, 1612-1684, tells her story.

“At the age of five years, after the unexpected death of her father, William Ryder, circumstances lead her to the inner sanctum of the future King Charles I’s royal court, where a path for an extraordinary life is at once determined.

“In a society that limited the boundaries of women in favour of decisions made by men of power, we follow the twist and turns of Jane Whorwood’s life, consumed by deceit, destruction, death and a profound desire for justice.”

After a successful career in television and London’s West End stage, Michelle Hockley went on to read history at Durham University, where her love for facts and debate flourished. Subsequently, her thesis was published by Historic Royal Palaces and she triumphed in her role as Senior Early Modern Record Specialist at The National Archives. Michelle Hockley enthuses life into her characters and the scenes in which they find themselves, by combining her musical aptitude with her love for language.