UNH Manchester alumni Michael Glaeser ’08 will present “Kingdom for A Heart,” Wednesday, March 7 at noon in the mill yard at UNH Manchester in the third floor auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Glaeser, a business major and historian at heart, will talk about the Tudor period, King Henry, and his love, Anne Boleyn.
Before King Henry turned into an obese tyrant who had married six wives and executed two, he was considered a renaissance prince; one ambassador called him "The most handsomest prince in Christendom." The start of his reign in 1509 ushered in a new age of learning, arts and culture. But by the mid 1520's, Henry had failed in his primary duty; to provide a male heir to continue the Tudor line.
With his first wife no longer able to bear children, Henry pondered divorce and turned to a lady that had swiftly become the talk of the court. Yet for all his gifts and advances, simply a mistress she would not become. And Henry, as the pope would soon find out, would not take no for an answer.
It was a UNH sponsored art-history trip in 2008 that triggered Glaeser’s interest in the Tudor period, which he’s been studying in depth ever since.
“I've gone on two self-designed history tours of England thus far. I use my research to scout out lost locations, interesting artifacts and also set up meetings with curators and the like,” he said.
Earlier this year, Glaeser created "Team Boleyn" to help raise funds for the restoration of an iconic Anne Boleyn portrait. With the help of the online community, this project was a success.
Glaeser has guest lectured at high schools, and more recently, at UNH on the subject "Economics for Managers". He will be a guest lecturer on UNH professor Andrew Stangel's 2012 art history tour to London. He currently is pursuing a Masters in Early Modern History at the University of Sheffield, England.
For more information or special accommodations call 603-641-4306.