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He is one of the best-known kings in history, famous for his six wives and for establishing the Church of England. But what was life like at the court of Henry VIII? In her talk at our History Weekend in Malmesbury, Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb will explore how one might best survive the glamorous and precarious world of Henry’s court.  Here, in an interview with History Extra, she...
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Through artefacts, buildings and tombs, medieval historian Janina Ramirez will, at this year’s History Weekend, introduce the central characters and ideas behind the Hundred Years’ War. A lecturer and author based at the University of Oxford, Ramirez has presented many BBC documentaries, including Chivalry and Betrayal and The Private Lives of Medieval Kings. Here, in an interview with History...
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Elizabeth I is often hailed as a beacon of tolerance, but almost 200 Catholics were executed for their faith during her reign and torture was commonly used. In her talk at this year’s History Weekend, Jessie Childs will lift the lid on the ‘Golden Age of Good Queen Bess’, exposing a darker story of plots, priest-holes and religious persecution. In an interview with History Extra, Childs, whose...
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From our entry into Europe to our love affair with mass consumerism, post-war Britain has undergone massive cultural and social change. In his talk at this year’s History Weekend, historian and author Dominic Sandbrook will reveal the 10 moments he believes have defined the British experience since 1945. Sandbrook has presented the BBC Two series The 70s, Das Auto and Strange Days, and has...
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We all know the story of Joan of Arc: mystic, warrior, martyr, saint. But in making her an icon, have we lost sight of the real Joan? At this year’s History Weekend in Malmesbury, historian Helen Castor will tell Joan’s story afresh, setting her within her extraordinary world where no one knew what would happen next. Castor is a medieval historian and author, who last autumn presented Medieval...
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The ancient hilltop town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire serves as the backdrop for our annual History Weekend. One of the oldest boroughs in England, it is the burial place of Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, and the hometown of 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. Now, festival-goers can explore the social history of Malmesbury by embarking on a two-hour walking tour around the town. Led...
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This autumn sees the return of BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend in Malmesbury, Wiltshire – a festival that promises to be even bigger and better than last time around, with almost twice as many speakers and two extra venues. But if you’ve snapped up tickets and can’t wait until October, why not get in the mood for our festival by heading to Malmesbury next month for a flavour of daily life...
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Historian and journalist Dan Jones is to take festival-goers on a time travelling journey to the Tudor period at this year’s History Weekend in Malmesbury. In a talk titled ‘The Wars of the Roses: The Fall Of The Plantagenets And The Rise of the Tudors’, Jones will trace the story of the conflict, and reveal how it led to the rise of the House of Tudor. Jones is a columnist for the Evening...
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The murder of the Roman emperor Alexander Severus in AD235 sparked political chaos, civil war, and foreign disaster, bringing to an end nearly 300 years of imperial stability in the Roman Empire. At this year’s History Weekend in Malmesbury, novelist and historian Harry Sidebottom will explore what had gone so very wrong A lecturer in ancient history at the University of Oxford, Sidebottom is...
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The fate of British prisoners of war (PoWs) in German captivity during the First World War is to be examined by expert Heather Jones at this year’s History Weekend in Malmesbury. An associate professor in international history at the London School of Economics (LSE), Jones is to consider how British prisoners endured captivity, both in camps in Germany and as forced labourers working for the...