Helen Carr

Helen Carr

Helen Carr is a historian, writer and history producer. She has produced history documentaries for the BBC, SkyArts, Discovery, CNN and HistoryHit TV and has previously worked for BBC Radio 4’s weekly programme In Our Time. She is a regular features writer for BBC History Magazine and has contributed to the New Statesman, History Today and History Extra. She now runs her own podcast, Hidden Histories, available on iTunes.

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  1. 61. THE RED PRINCE: THE LIFE OF JOHN OF GAUNT, DUKE OF LANCASTER
    61. THE RED PRINCE: THE LIFE OF JOHN OF GAUNT, DUKE OF LANCASTER

    Son of Edward III, brother to the Black Prince, father to Henry IV and the sire of all the Tudors. Always close to the English throne, John of Gaunt left a complex legacy. Too rich, too powerful, too haughty. Did he have his eye on his nephew’s throne? Why was he such a focus of hate in the Peasants’ Revolt? Helen Carr will paint a revealing portrait of this pivotal medieval figure who held the levers of power on the English and European stage, passionately upheld chivalric values, pressed for the Bible to be translated into English, patronised the arts, ran huge risks to pursue the woman he loved… and, according to Shakespeare, gave the most beautiful of all speeches on England.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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