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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.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Dauntsey’s School, go to­dauntseys.org or fol­low on Twit­ter at Dauntsey’[email protected] Dauntseyss­chool.

Dr David Starkey CBE, his­to­rian, au­thor and TV pre­sen­ter, at Dauntsey’s

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