David Starkey – Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer?

David Starkey – Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer?
An off-shore island? Or an inextricable part of the Continent? Brexit is just the latest episode in a centuries-old debate-sometimes peaceful, often savage as in the great wars against European hegemony and for world-dominion fought with France in the eighteenth century and Germany in the twentieth. David Starkey considers the arguments and ranges from Henry VIII, who invented the idea of English uniqueness, through the Grand Tourists, who bought European culture with English money, to the modern theorists of the Anglosphere, who carried the day in the Referendum.

Henry VIII is the only king whose shape you remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis. In this lecture David Starkey draws on his unique knowledge of Henry’s reign on the one hand, and his insights as a leading commentator on modern politics on the other, to illuminate both the Tudor age and our own.

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This event is being held at the Pittville Pump Room.

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Sunday 25th June 2017 - 7:30pm

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Sunday 25th Jun 2017

Venue: Pittville Pump Room
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An off-shore island? Or an inextricable part of the Continent? Brexit is just the latest episode in a centuries-old debate.

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