Toni Talks

I'm an experienced speaker with many topics to interest your group ...

...from a 20 minute chat to a 20 week course...

Medieval Housewives

This is my most popular talk, with anecdotes, recipes and shopping, we look at the lives of ordinary folk in the middle ages, including the instructions given by an elderly husband to his new young wife, plus child care, food and fashion.

Based on my first non-fiction book The Medieval Housewife and Women of the Middle Ages.

"Thank you so much for coming to our meeting yesterday. You certainly has us all enthralled.... especially at the notes written by a [medieval] husband for his wife!! "

When the Roman legions withdrew from the province of Britannia in 410 AD, leaving the people of this land to look to their own defences, what did they leave behind? To them Britannia was as much their home as it was to the Celtic people who had lived here since before the Romans came. This is the story of how London developed in the next 1000 years

Based on my #1 Best Seller Everyday Life in Medieval London

When Bristol born Elizabeth Blackwell decided she wanted to be a doctor the Universities in her adopted USA didn't want to know and in England Elizabeth Garrett faced a similar struggle. Despite endless rejection they went on to pioneer women's careers in the medical profession.

Based on my book of the same name.

As well as medicines derived from plants, medieval doctors also included animal-based remedies in their pharmacopeia. Some of these would horrify us today, such as a treatment for gout that required boiling newborn puppies! But others are far less grim, such as snail slime, used in medieval times to treat minor burns and scalds and currently making a comeback

Based on my highly successful book Medieval Medicine

  • The World of Isaac Newton my latest hardback non-fiction book (pub 2020) looks at the life and times of our most influential scientist

Based on my new hardback The World of Isaac Newton


  • The Apothecary’s Garden - the history of natural remedies up to modern times

  • The Apothecary’s Tale - what was in the medieval chemist's' shop?

  • Christmas in the Middle-ages - Christmas without turkey, roast potatoes, crackers, cards and Father Christmas

"Firstly, I must thank you for the great talk that you gave our group last week. The Tour Manager reported that it went down very well and we have already had some appreciative comments from our travellers"

  • Medieval Food - what did people eat before potatoes, tomatoes and chillies

"The talk was so enjoyable, giving an insight as to how our Christmas customs have been passed down the ages from Medieval times. You tell it in such an entertaining way. A splendid talk."

Tudor and Elizabethan Subjects

  • Henry VIII - Hero or Villain? Henry had more reasons than lust to divorce and behead, could he have been a hero, or was he just a villain?

Victorian Britain

  • Murder Most Foul the gruesome tales of crime, punishment and Policing in Victorian Britain


20th Century Topics

  • Ration-book Britain - how we lived in the 40s & 50s and how the modern housewife was taught to look after her husband!

Reviews:

Faversham U3A

Many thanks Toni for your talk on Wednesday. I found it absolutely fascinating... I know that the other members I have spoken to also enjoyed your talk

NW Kent Family History Society

The talk was so enjoyable giving an insight as to how our Christmas customs have been passed down the ages from Medieval times. You tell it in such an entertaining way ... A splendid talk.

Horsmonden Historical Society

Your talk went down an absolute treat! Every one of our members thought it was one of the best talks we have had for a very long time.

Thank you very much.

Rosewood Ladies Club

On behalf of the Rosewood Ladies Club I would like to thank you for a fascinating talk tonight about the life of a medieval housewife.

Thank you for a very thought provoking evening.

Richard III Society Gloucester Branch

Thanks for providing such a wonderful day full of information and interest. Feed back from attendees has been excellent and everyone spent a superb day enjoying the wealth of information you packed into the occasion.... an absolute “treat” - thanks for making our Study Day so special.

NWKent Family History Society

.... we would like to thank you for a very enjoyable and entertaining talk. It was interesting to be reminded of the rations we were allowed during the 2WW and after, it made us appreciate how well families coped. Some members told me of how much they enjoy reading your books, thank you for bringing them with you.

Here I am speaking to the Dartford Historical Society recently about Tudor & Stuart Food (it takes a couple of minutes to get going)

All my talks can be delivered online via Zoom and come with a fully illustrated presentation. They are based on many years of my personal research and I can bring all my own equipment.

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