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Founding Mothers of the Tudor Dynasty ~ SAT, Jan 11, 7PM

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Elizabeth Wydeville, Margaret Beaufort, and Elizabeth of York, women whose characters were forged by The Wars of the Roses, embodied courage, persistence, stamina, and fortitude to a degree rare in human nature, and they created a generation of English kings:  the Tudor dynasty.  Presented by Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:00PM.

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Elizabeth Wydeville, Margaret Beaufort, and Elizabeth of York, women whose characters were forged by The Wars of the Roses, embodied courage, persistence, stamina, and fortitude to a degree rare in human nature. These mothers endured the deaths of husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers—killed by cousins seeking power—as they survived to create the next generation of English kings:  the Tudor dynasty. Presented by Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:00PM.

Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., is a San Jose State University Professor of English (Emerita) who specializes in Shakespeare and in Medieval/Renaissance studies. She twice taught in SJSU's Semester Abroad in England where she loved studying Shakespeare and English history on site. During retirement, she has published biographies of England's first Yorkist queen, Elizabeth Wydeville, in "Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen," and the first Tudor queen (mother of Henry VIII), Elizabeth of York.