The Historical Association Lectures at Cheney School Oxford
At 3-30pm on the 1st March, a group of six
A-level historians departed from Radley accompanied by Mrs Scammell Jackson,
Head of History, to hear a series of lectures at the Historical Association’s meeting
at Cheney School in Oxford. The boys were greeted by some welcoming tea and
biscuits and then sat down to hear the speakers.
The first lecture was on the significance of Queen Elizabeth
I’s gender and, thus, the extent to which it impacted upon her reign. The talk
was expertly given by the renowned historian Susan Doran, whose overall
conclusion was that Elizabeth’s gender was certainly important, but it
influenced the style of court life rather than its substance and, ultimately,
she was able to turn it into a strength and was thus, as she is quite rightly
remembered, one of England’s most impressive monarchs.
The second talk of the event was given by the charismatic
Irishman Michel Broers who gave an impressive address on the French Revolution.
Mr Broers stressed the significance of the fact that the revolution took place
in France, Europe’s leading superpower at the time, hence its impact on a wider
scale and the talk proved exhilarating for both seasoned experts of the topic
and novices like myself. After a brief Questions and Answers session, the boys
returned to school feeling greatly enlightened and armed with useful
information to put in their own work here at Radley.
Report by Arthur
Dingemans, C Social 6.1