History lovers, prepare to descend on Kensington for the second London History Festival. Six events bring together writers of fascinating books about the past to chat and answer questions. The ever-popular Tudor period gets a look-in with Justin Pollard (QI researcher and consultant to TV series The Tudors), Susan Ronald and Jessie Childs; Michael Dobbs, creator of uber-machiavellian Francis Urquhart, joins David Kynaston, Saul David and Richard Vinen to debate who was Britain’s greatest Prime Minister; while spies are up for discussion with Ben Macintyre and Jimmy Burns.
Those two great empires, Rome and Carthage, are examined by Tom Holland and Richard Miles, and Kate Williams, Patrick Mercer and Fiona Rule will take a look at different aspects of the Victorian age. But perhaps the jewel in the crown (post Restoration, obviously) is Antony Beevor, who will be talking about his books and World War Two.
Oh, and we’ll have more from Fiona Rule and her books on Spitalfields and Docklands in a week or so…
The London History Festival runs 15th-25th November at Kensington Central Library. Tickets cost £5 / £3 or £20 / £15 for all six events. For more information see the London History Festival website.