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Posted: 02.06.15

Christ College At The Hay Festival

On Sunday 31st, Christ College sponsored the eminent and sometimes controversial Historian, Dr David Starkey.

Dr Starkey talked to a packed audience in the Telegraph Stage at the Festival about his latest book on the Magna Carta. At Runnymede, on the banks of the River Thames, on 15 June 1215, the seal of King John was attached to the Magna Carta, and peace descended on the land. Or that’s what successive generations have believed. Magna Carter – The True Story behind the Charter paints a vivid portrait of the years 1215 – 1225, ten revolutionary years of huge significance that produced not one but three charters. Peopled by colourful historical figures – John, the boy-king Henry, Pope Innocent III, Archbishop Stephen Langton, William Marshall – David Starkey told a story of treachery and idealism, politics and peace-making that was surprising and enthralling and helped the audience understand the true significance of that day beside the Thames, eight hundred years ago.

With some of Christ College’s A Level History students in the audience, David Starkey generously gave of his time after his talk to chat to pupils, staff and guests at a private reception. His enthusiasm, passion and sheer brilliance proved to be a real inspiration for those in his company. His wicked sense of humour was also evident as he posed with Christ College’s very own school bear, Ted, who is quickly becoming a celebrity in his own right!

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