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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Historical researcher-turned-MP, Chris Skidmore, is to reassess England's most divisive king, Richard III, at this year’s History Weekend in Malmesbury. Drawing upon original manuscript evidence, the Conservative MP for Kingswood, Bristol, will investigate the ambitions and experiences of Richard, and seek to understand how his downfall at Bosworth came about. Skidmore is the author of three...
Watch highlights from BBC History Magazine's History Weekend 2013, which took place in Malmesbury from 25 to 27 October. The sell-out event featured Max Hastings and Alison Weir.
Hundreds of history lovers travelled to the historic town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire this weekend for a host of talks from leading historians and authors as BBC History Magazine staged its very first History Weekend event. The event opened on Friday evening with a double lecture on the life of Æthelstan, the first King of England, by Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at...