It’s becoming a firm tradition at the festival and this year our annual comedy history panel show is back, led by team leaders Al Murray and Dan Snow and chaired by Charlie Higson. With a stellar line-up including Harry Enfield, and devised by Justin Pollard (AI), this will be another raucous and hilarious Friday evening at the festival. Charge your glasses, sit back and enjoy the fun.
In this talk, Dan Snow and Steve Prince will discuss the rise of the Royal Navy from the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 right through to the surrender of the Imperial Japanese in 1945. What part did Britain’s island status play, how did they successfully harness advances in navigation and seamanship, and what was the high watermark? The Seven Years’ War, Trafalgar or the Royal Navy’s often unsung brilliance in the Second World War? And who were the drivers of this astonishing period of naval dominance?
Before 1871, Germany was not a nation but an idea. Its founder, Otto von Bismarck, had the formidable task of bringing thirty-nine individual states under the yoke of a single Kaiser. In conversation with Dan Snow, Katja Hoyer will discuss the five decades that changed the course of modern history from the violent beginning of the German Empire to its defeat in the First World War. A dramatic tale of national self-discovery, social upheaval and realpolitik that ended, as it started, in blood and iron.
When it comes to storytelling, re-enactment is one of the oldest forms there is. Play your part in one of the best stories of all time by acting out the events of Alexander the Great’s extraordinary victory over a numerically superior Persian army at Gaugamela, alongside the rest of the audience and the History Hit team, all under the guidance of Dan Snow.
There’s little doubt that Dan Snow is one of our best-loved historians. In the long tradition of story-telling from Homer and Herodotus to the present day, Dan Snow will take your requests and weave them into a magical evening of tales from the past. Get a drink, watch the flames of the fire crackle, and sit back and enjoy an enchanting evening from a master story-teller.