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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

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