The Wrays of Glentworth: Radical Gentry in Tudor England

Adrian Gray

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30th September 2019
Lincolnshire | Tudors | Derbyshire

The three children of Lord Chief Justice Christopher Wray inherited his money, his brains - and his wife's radical religion. This fascinating talk looks at how these three supported a network of radical puritans who challenged the "State Religion". The results were the first Baptists, much of the 'Mayflower' generation of separatists, a Cambridge college or two - and a significant impact across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, reaching to Durham.

It is a story of glamour, beauty, brains and passion. You can also meet all three in person - in the wonderful churches at Glentworth and Snarford.

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About Adrian Gray

I am a Cambridge-educated historian with around 25 published books on a variety of historical topics which you can see on my Amazon author page at:

I specialise in the counties of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, but I also speak on a number of national issues such as Victorian crime and social history, the history of religious freedom, and the history of education and government inspection (which is a lot more interesting than it sounds!). I am one of the leaders of local community efforts to develop Christian heritage for tourism in Notts and Lincs, leading up to 'Mayflower 400' but also including the many other ways in which people from the region have helped to change the world.

I provide a range of lively and fully-illustrated talks that can be tailored for local needs. You can email me for a full list of talks. I am a skilled presenter having worked as a teacher for many years and also as a tour guide in my home area.

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