BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends

York History Weekend – 25th - 27th September 2015

On 25 September, the festival will be making its debut at the historic city of York for three days of talks. The beautiful Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, one of the most important buildings in medieval York and still in the heart of the city, will play host to 15 expert speakers – Tracy Borman, Michael Wood and Ian Kershaw among them.

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Malmesbury History Weekend – 15th - 18th October 2015

On Thursday 15 October 2015, BBC History Magazine's History Weekend will return to Malmesbury in Wiltshire following two very successful years for our biggest event yet. This year, over four days, almost 40 leading historians and authors will descend on the ancient hilltop town - the burial place of Aethelstan, grandson of King Alfred the Great, and first king of all England - to share their passion for the past with fellow history lovers.

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Alison Weir

Appearing at York and Malmesbury

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in Britain. She has published 17 history books, including The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth the Queen. Her upcoming biography is The Lost Tudor Princess, about Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox.

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The Lost Tudor Princess: Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox: Royal Tudor blood ran in Margaret Douglas’s veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. Some thought she should be queen of England. So why is Margaret now largely forgotten? In her talk, Alison will endeavour to answer this question, tracing an extraordinary life that spanned five Tudor reigns - a life packed with intrigue, drama and tragedy.

The Lost Tudor Princess
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Ian Kershaw

Appearing at York and Malmesbury

Ian Kershaw is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. He has served as a historical advisor on numerous BBC documentaries including The Nazis: A Warning from History. His next book is To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949.

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Decade of the Dictators: Europe’s 1930s: By 1939 more Europeans lived under dictatorships than democracies. How significant was the Great Depression in the turn to dictatorship? How did the dictatorships differ from each other? Quite especially, what were the common, but also the distinguishing, characteristics and main differences of the three ‘dynamic dictatorships’ – Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany? In this talk, Ian will try to find some answers.

To Hell and Back: Volume 8
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Bettany Hughes

Appearing at York

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who specialises in ancient and medieval history and culture. She is the author of The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life.

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Three Minds that Made the World: In a question and answer session, Bettany will consider the lives and experiences of three of the world’s greatest speakers: Socrates, Confucius and Buddha. This will tie in with Bettany’s work for a forthcoming BBC documentary on these three global minds.

The Hemlock Cup
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Melvyn Bragg

Appearing at Malmesbury

Melvyn Bragg is best known for presenting The South Bank Show on ITV. He currently presents In Our Time, a discussion programme on Radio 4 that has been hailed for “transforming the landscape for serious ideas at peak listening time”. His novel Now Is Time is out later this year.

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The Peasants’ Revolt: The Peasants’ Revolt in 1381 was an extraordinary struggle between those in power and the apparently powerless. Melvyn’s talk will capture all the passion and patriotism of the moment when the people of England marched on London to protest against unfair taxes and corruption and to demonstrate their complete loss of faith in authority.

Now is the Time
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Melvyn Bragg
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Dominic Sandbrook

Appearing at Malmesbury

Dominic Sandbrook is the author of a series of bestselling books on postwar Britain, from Never Had it So Good to Seasons in the Sun. He has presented numerous series on BBC Two, including ones on the 1970s, Britain in the Cold War and the history of Britain’s modern popular culture. His latest book is The Great British Dream Factory.

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The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of our Modern Imagination: Over the last century, Britain has transformed itself into one of the world’s great cultural powerhouses: the land of the Beatles and the Stones, Agatha Christie and JRR Tolkien, James Bond, Harry Potter and Grand Theft Auto. In this talk, Dominic will reveal how the British imagination came to conquer the world. What does our popular culture say about us? And which of our writers, films, musicians and artists will command the attention of the historians of the future?

The Great British Dream Factory
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