Adrian Tinniswood

Adrian Tinniswood

Adrian Tinniswood OBE FSA is the author of sixteen books on social and architectural history, including Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household; The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House Between the Wars, a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller; His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher Wren, and The Verneys: a True Story of Love, War and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England, which was shortlisted for the BBC/Samuel Johnson Prize. He has worked with a number of heritage organisations including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust, and is currently Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Buckingham and Visiting Fellow in Heritage and History at Bath Spa University.

Adrian joins us to discuss his 2007 on the Verneys, a north Buckinghamshire dynasty dating back hundreds of years. The Verneys are perhaps better known these days for their links to Florence Nightingale and her time spent at their estate in Claydon. However, Adrian’s talk takes us further back to discover the, by turn, volatile, heroic, and always outrageous Verneys of the 17th Century – speaking of them easily, as though they are beloved, but wild, friends…