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    Chalke Valley History Festival 2017

    The Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire covers a broad swathe of history as well as living history and welcomes some of the finest talent in the country – including some of our very own guest speakers.

    We are delighted to be sponsoring the following events during this year’s festival and we hope to see you there.

    Thursday 29th June 2-3 pm

    THE STRUGGLE FOR SEA POWER: A NAVAL HISTORY OF THE WAR OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE

    Sam Willis

    Sam Willis is one of our most exciting, charismatic, young historians. His book on the naval battle of the War of American Independence was a work of brilliant scholarship and in this talk he explains why, although Britain lost the war, the lessons learned helped the Royal Navy dominate the oceans for the next 150 years. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Thursday 29th June  5-6pm

    IMMIGRATION IN ANTIQUITY

    Tom Holland

    Immigration is one of the most hotly debated matters of our current age, but it’s far from being a recent phenomenon. Rather, the mass movement of peoples was as relevant to those living in ancient times as it is now. In this timely talk, Tom Holland will question how people in antiquity felt about immigration and its impact on the course of ancient history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Friday 30th June 6.30-7.30pm

    HISTRIONICS QUIZ SHOW

    Tracy Borman, John Sessions, Dan Snow Quizmaster: Charlie Higson

    For many, our history panel show is the highlight of the Festival. With Charlie Higson once more in the chair and both John Sessions and Dan Snow also returning, this will be an hour of irreverent history humour as the teams pit their wits against each other in a series of all-new rounds and challenges.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Saturday 1st July 1.30-2.30p

    FOUR PRINCES: HENRY VIII, FRANCIS I, CHARLES V, SULEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE OBSESSION WHICH FORGED MODERN EUROPE

    John Julius Norwich

    Festival favourite John Julius Norwich will weave a colourful story of four great princes who were born within a single decade. Henry VIII, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain and Suleiman the Magnificent were sometimes friends, but more often enemies. From the Field of the Cloth of Gold, Francis and Henry’s extravagant pageant, to Suleiman’s celebratory pyramid of 2000 human heads, this is history at its most vivid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Sunday 2nd July 3.15-4.15pm

    STALINGRAD TO SYRIA: HOW WARFARE HAS CHANGED

    Antony Beevor

    Antony Beevor is one of our most widely read and respected historians. In this new lecture he will be examining the changing nature of warfare from the bitter battle for Stalingrad in the Second World War to the current conflict in Syria, discussing what lessons can be learned, and how warfare might develop in the future.

    Click here to purchase tickets or to view the full programme.

     

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