‘King Charles I: Man, Monarch and Memory’: an online talk by Mark Turnbull

29-05-24 - 29-05-24,
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Admission: ££6 Adults, £4.50 Students/Museum Members

Location: Via Zoom

There is more to Charles I than the civil war and his death. To fully appreciate the momentous events that marked the twenty-four years of his reign, and what followed, it's important to understand the man who was at their epicentre. Both during his lifetime, and in the centuries since, opinion of Charles is often polarised; he is either Royal Martyr or Man of Blood. Amidst these extremes, what is frequently overshadowed is the man himself. This talk, by his most recent biographer, aims to look at the man behind the myths.

After a visit to Helmsley Castle at the age of 10, Mark Turnbull bought a pack of ‘top trump’ cards featuring the monarchs of England. The card portraying King Charles I fascinated him. Van Dyck’s regal portrait of the King and the fact that he was executed by his own people were the beginnings of Mark's passionate interest in the English Civil War that has lasted ever since.

In the absence of time travel, he thoroughly enjoys bringing this period to life through writing. He has written articles for magazines, local newspapers and online educational sites. He has also re-enacted battles with The Sealed Knot and for several years edited the Historical Novel Society's online newsletter. Mark also produces a War of the Three Kingdoms podcast called 'CavalierCast - The Civil War in Words'. This was the first (and is is the longest running) podcast solely dedicated to the civil wars. It explores a variety of topics with leading historians and authors.

This talk will be recorded and put on a private channel after the 'live talk' for ticket holders to view at their leisure if they miss the live talk or wish to view them again.

This talk is part of a four part lecture series; for season tickets please click here:

We are delighted to welcome over four successive Wednesdays:

Wednesday 29 May at 7.30pm - Mark Turnbull on 'King Charles I: Man, Monarch and Memory'

Wednesday 5 June at 7.30pm - Professor John Morrill on 'Risen from Obscurity? Oliver Cromwell's Early Life'

Wednesday 12 June at 7.30pm - Dr Stuart Jennings on 'The Experience of the Civil Wars'

Wednesday 17 June at 7.30pm - Stuart Orme on 'Mrs Cromwell's Cookbook: 1600s Food, Print and Politics'

Click on the titles for more information and individual bookings.

PLEASE NOTE: These talks will be held online via Zoom. Joining details will be sent 48 hours before the talk.

Admission: £20 Adults (for 4 talks), £15 for students/Museum Members (for 4 talks); for individual talks £6 Adults, £4.50 students/Museum Members.

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