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Foundation Lecture - Dr David Starkey - Henry VIII and the First Brexit

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Foundation Lecture - Dr David Starkey
Henry VIII and the First Brexit

Friday 9th November 2018, Oswald Elliott Hall, 7pm.

Henry VIII is the only king whose shape you remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis. In this lecture, David Starkey draws on his unique knowledge of Henry’s reign on the one hand, and his insights as a leading commentator on modern politics on the other, to illuminate both the Tudor age and our own.

David Starkey is Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and one of Britain’s leading historians. He is the author of many books; has guest-curated several major historical exhibitions and made some of the most important and widely watched historical documentary series on TV. He is a winner of the W.H Smith Prize for Biography and the Norton Medlicott Medal for services to History presented by the Historical Association. He is Hon. D. Litt. of the Universities of Kent and Lancaster; Visiting Professor at Kent and Christ Church Canterbury; Trustee and Hon. Commodore of the Mary Rose and was made a CBE in 2007.

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