DR DAVID STARKEY AT DAUNTSEY’S
Dauntsey’s has recently welcomed historian, author and TV presenter, Dr David Starkey, who delivered a pupil seminar and a thoughtprovoking public lecture at the School. The seminar was run with Dauntsey’s White Horse History Society and focused on Henry VII, discussing his long and illegitimate lineage and the development of the printing press which enabled the King to show his profile on a coin.
The public lecture formed part of the Mercers’ Lecture series and was entitled Henry VIII and Brexit. Dr Starkey spoke about Henry VIII’S split from Rome and drew comparisons with this historic event and Brexit.
Hermione, a Sixth Former at Dauntsey’s who attended both events, and joined an informal supper with Dr Starkey, said:
“Both the seminar and lecture were fascinating. Dr Starkey makes history so accessible with his down to earth attitude.
“During the Mercers’ Lecture, pupils, parents and members of the local community were prompted to consider the many parallels between England at the time of Henry VIII and the England we live in today. Indeed, as Dr Starkey pointed out, ‘we are still living in Henry VIII’S England’”.
The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542.
Forthcoming Mercers’ Lectures include:
February 5 – Frank Gardner OBE; BBC Security Correspondent
March 7 – Alison Mitchell; Sports commentator
April 25 – Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards; Great Britain’s first Olympic Ski Jumper
Everyone is welcome to attend the lectures and entry is free, but please reserve your seats online by completing our simple booking forms at:
dauntseys.org/ school-calendar/mercerslectures-2017---2018 or by contacting the School on 01380 814500.
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Dr David Starkey CBE, historian, author and TV presenter, at Dauntsey’s