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THE LAST CAVALIER: PRINCE RUPERT OF THE RHINE

When I remembered that 2019 marked the 400th anniversary of the birth of Prince Rupert of the Rhine, I immediately thought that this was something I wanted to mark:  I spoke to Jane Pleydell-Bouverie, Festival Director of Chalke Valley, and we agreed that I should put together a talk on him for the CVHF audience […]

🎧 TO CATCH A KING: CHARLES II’S GREAT ESCAPE

Audio from Chalke Valley History Festival 2018. In 1651 the Royalist forces were crushed by the might of Cromwell’s armies at the Battle of Worcester. For the next six weeks the future Charles II was hunted by his father’s killers, who now wanted him dead too. Using Samuel Pepys’ original account, Charles Spencer brings to […]