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. Dan Snow will be joined by Helen Castor and, for the first time, Al Murray and Paul Whitehouse. Sixty minutes of quickfire historical humour with new rounds and challenges for the teams.

John Session was previously shown as being a participant but is currently filming the next series of Victoria in Yorkshire and, sadly, cannot make it down in time. We are, however, absolutely delighted that Paul Whitehouse has agreed to come.

Described as ‘the greatest actor of all time’ by Johnny Depp, Paul Whitehouse is one of the most brilliant and creative comedians, writers and actors of the past thirty years. The winner of five BAFTAs and the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award at the Comedy Awards, he has, in partnership with Charlie Higson and Harry Enfield, created some of the most iconic comedy characters in British comedy history, from Smashy and Nicey to Loadsamoney to Ted and Ralph. With TV series such as The Harry Enfield Show, The Fast Show and Harry and Paul, he has also been responsible for a number of comedy catch phrases that resonated around the country, from ‘Suits you!’ to ‘Forty, forty-five years.’ He has also appeared in films such as Harry Potter, Finding Neverland and Alice in Wonderland as well as writing and starring in a number of other series, such as Nurse, Down the Line, and the award-winning Help and Happiness.

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