Festival talks by George Goodwin

52. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN LONDON: THE BRITISH LIFE OF AMERICA’S FOUNDING FATHER

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During his decades in England, Benjamin Franklin befriended royalty, Prime Ministers, eminent scientists, philosophers and rogues but, nevertheless, became one of the ‘most mischievous Enemies this Country had ever known’. George Goodwin will reveal Franklin’s important role in British government, his dramatic escape from arrest in 1775 and how he became a leading architect of American victory.

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47. THE BATTLE OF TOWTON 1461: ENGLAND’S MOST BRUTAL BATTLE

The vast battle at Towton was arguably England’s biggest, longest and bloodiest. Combining medieval sources with modern scholarship, George Goodwin will give a dramatic account of a brutal battle that was the appalling climax of Henry VI’s disastrous reign. He will not only describe the technicalities of military strategy, but will also give a fascinating insight into the lives of the chief protagonists.

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