Jessie Childs is the award-winning author of God’s Traitors (PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History) and Henry VIII’s Last Victim (Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography). She has written and reviewed for many papers, including the Sunday Times, Guardian and London Review of Books, and is an editorial adviser of History Today. Her TV contributions include the BAFTA-nominated Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents (BBC 2 & PBS) and two BBC series on Charles I.
Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREEIn X Questions with... your favourite historians and authors will discuss ten questions submitted by the public. We would love you to submit a question for Jessie Childs on the Civil War in advance via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.
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The Civil War was the most traumatic conflict in British history, pitting friends and family members against each other and tearing down the old order. Drawing on exciting new sources, award-winning historian Jessie Childs will describe the shock of the struggle through one of its most dramatic episodes: the siege of Basing House. To the parliamentarian Roundheads, the Hampshire mansion was a bastion of royalism, popery and excess. As other royalist strongholds crumbled, Loyalty House, as it became known, stood firm. Over two years, the men, women and children inside were battered, bombarded, starved and gassed. Their resistance became legendary.