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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Good King Henry gets the Starkey treatment

HISTORIAN David Starkey seems ready and able to spark controversy every time he appears on TV but should be on much safer ground when talking about Henry VIII in Grange.

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STAR SPEAKER: Dr David Starkey will be at Grange in November

His remarks on race during televised discussion of the recent city riots have sparked vitriolic debate in print and on social media sites.

The leading historian on the Tudor age is the star name in a series of 10 high-profile talks being hosted by the Grange Lecture Society which was founded in 1908.

All the talks are in the Victoria Hall, Grange, and start at 7.15pm.

Dr Starkey is currently working on the second edition of his biography of King Henry VIII and this monarch, famed for his six wives and dissolution of the monasteries, will form the topic of his talk on Monday November 7.

A spokesman for the society said: “We are very privileged to welcome Dr David Starkey, historian, writer and TV personality to Grange.

“He has close associations with the area, having been born in Kendal and educated at the Kendal Grammar School.

“He is a renowned expert on the Tudor period and had a huge success with his TV presentations on Elizabeth I and Henry VIII in bringing history to a mass audience.”

Looking back further in time on February 12 next year will be Professor Brian Wilson with his talk Only Half a Story.

Prof Wilson has been collecting old letters for many years.

The collection begins in the 14th century and continues to the present day and has been used to research the social context of the letters – although all you can ever get from a single letter is ‘only half a story’.

The lecture series starts on October 11 with Rose Swale Pope describing her adventures which include sailing round the world and running 27 marathons in 27 days.

The final lecture in the series is on March 6 next year and features Captain William Wells who will look at inexplicable happenings to ships and aircraft in the Bermuda Triangle

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