Warwick Words History Festival
Best-selling authors over morning coffee, afternoon tea, plus twilight and evening events in the beautiful historic buildings of Warwick.
Queen of historical lit Philippa Gregory has already been and gone – and she was just the warm-up act!
Fans of the genre will be seriously impressed at the number of top historical writers, fiction and non-fiction, descending on Warwick this week including Sarah Dunant, Lucinda Hawksley, Alexander McCall Smith, Peter Snow, Charles Spencer, A N Wilson and Dan Jones. Already Alison Weir’s Queen of the Conquest and Dr Janina Ramirez’s History of Christianity in 100 Objects have quickly sold out. So, you’d better be quick if you fancy getting your hands on tickets!
Very cool 36-year-old Surrey based historian Dan Jones asks Who were the Knights Templar? in a talk about his fifth book, out this month, The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors. Already a best-seller it’s a rollicking history that brings them out of the shadow cast by The Da Vinci Code, according to Guardian reviewer Alexander Larman. His previous books include, The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England, a New York Times bestseller, and The Wars of the Roses (aka Hollow Crown). Dan will be at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick on Sun Oct 8, 7.30pm.
Other highlights include a visit from Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, who is talking about his latest book To Catch a King, an adventure about young Charles II, at St Nicholas Church on Tues Oct 3; award-winning biographer and novelist A N Wilson on Charles Darwin at King’s High School on Thurs Oct 5 and best-selling author Sarah Dunant who will be discussing her well-received novel In the Name of the Family, set in Renaissance Italy about the Borgias – a warring family long before the Corleones and the Lannisters!
And TV presenter and historian Peter Snow – best known for his election day Swingometer and presenting with his historian son, Dan Snow – will this time be joined by wife Ann MacMillan to talk about their collaborative book, War Stories – Gripping Tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion at Kings School on Sat Oct 7. There’s also talks on the Kitchen Life of The Tudors by Richard Fitch who has managed the kitchens of Hampton Court Palace since 1992, a Kings and Castles Bookstart Party for under fives at Warwick Library, plus tours of Warwick Castle, Leamington Cemetery and a Jane Austen Tea in Warwick Ballroom.
Warwick Words second History Festival takes place from Oct 2-8, in and around Warwick, plus there is a series of Teatime Talks from Nov 4-25. Check out the full programme here.