Patrick Cordingley

Patrick Cordingley

With a military career spanning four decades, Patrick Cordingley is best known for commanding the 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats - during the first Gulf war.
His huge tank formation led the British and American attack, which breached the Iraqi defences. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery and leadership. Since retiring from the Army he has become an authoritative commentator on international affairs. He has appeared on many and various television programmes and has been a regular on BBC Radio 4. He holds a number of trustee positions with charitable organisations and has written two bestselling books.

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  1. 36. THE  LOST VIRTUE OF MANLINESS
    36. THE LOST VIRTUE OF MANLINESS

    Without doubt, a seismic shift has occurred in our cultural ideas of manliness and its heroic allure. In today’s environment, celebrating the exploits of white men conquering new lands seems deeply unfashionable at best and self-sabotage at worst. And yet our appetite for tales of heroics is still as voracious as ever. Joanna Grochowicz and Patrick Cordingley discuss the challenges of contextualising manliness and the importance of celebrating historical representations of men behaving bravely on the ice and on the battlefield.

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    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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