Festival talks by Helen Castor

HISTORIC SURGERY: THE BUTCHER’S BILL

Ever wondered how injuries would be treated on the ancient battlefield? This fascinating session will take modern surgeons and vets, give them surgical tools from the past, and challenge them to treat the “injured” carcasses from “Edged and Projectile Weapons” using evidence from specific periods. Witness and understand the horrors and limitations of historic medicine.

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UNIFORMS: STYLE v FUNCTION

Why do soldiers look like soldiers? This session investigates the How’s and Why’s of uniform development through time. How does a uniform reflect the need for battlefield communication, the cost of manufacture and tasks expected of it? By studying Roman, Medieval and WWII soldiers, we will explore the differences between parade ground and campaign uniform through the ages and see them tested against an assault course!

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97. ELIZABETH I: A STUDY IN INSECURITY

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In the popular imagination Elizabeth I is the symbol of monarchical power, the Virgin Queen who ruled over a Golden Age. But the image is as much armour against reality as it is a reflection of the truth. Dr Helen Castor will show England’s iconic queen in a revealing new light, shaped by profound insecurity that was a matter of both practical politics and personal psychology.

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86. PATTERNS OF THE PAST: CAN HISTORY HELP OUR FUTURE?

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A core belief behind the Chalke Valley History Trust is that by studying the past we can better prepare for the future. In this talk, we have gathered three acclaimed and eminent academics, chaired by George Gibson, to discuss the importance of understanding our past in what promises to be a highly thought-provoking and challenging discussion.

 

 

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77. HISTRIONICS QUIZ SHOW

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Our ever-popular history panel show returns with Fast Show comedian and author Charlie Higson as quizmaster. Returning team captains John Sessions and Dan Snow will be joined by Helen Castor and, for the first time, Al Murray. Sixty minutes of quickfire historical humour with new rounds and challenges for the teams.

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