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Preview: The London History Festival

The London History Festival, presented in association with History Today, runs from November 19th - 28th.

Now into its fourth year, the Festival offers the chance to engage with some of today's finest historical practitioners in one of the world's great cities.  

The festival's full programme can be found on the website. Here are some of the highlights:

Three Queens

Susan Ronald (Heretic Queen), Helen Rappaport (Magnificent Obsession) and Kate Williams (Young Elizabeth) discuss Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II. How have our Queens compared to our Kings in ruling the country? How alike or different are these great monarchs?

- Thursday 22 November, 7pm Kensington Central Library

A Brilliant Little Operation

Sonia Purnell (Just Boris) interviews Paddy Ashdown about his latest book, A Brilliant Little Operation: The Cockleshell Heroes and the Greatest Raid of WWII. Sonia will also interview Paddy Ashdown about his own military career and how it influenced his politics.

- Monday 26 November, 7pm Kensington Central Library

History and Religion

Bestselling authors Tom Holland (In The Shadow of the Sword) and Hugh Thomson (The Green Road Into The Trees) discuss their latest books – and how religion has shaped history. From Christianity and Islam, to Anglo-Saxon England and Peru, the authors will shed light on different cultures and eras.

- Tuesday 27 November, 7pm Kensington Central Library

In The Navy

Bestselling authors Sam Willis (The Glorious First of June) and Patrick Bishop (Target Tirpitz) discuss the history of the Royal Navy, from the golden age of sail to the Falklands War. What was life like for the ordinary sailor? What was the Royal Navy’s finest hour? Question the authors and join in the discussion.

- Wednesday 28 November, 7pm Waterstone’s Kensington

Tickets for each event cost £5 (£3 concessions). You can find out more by visiting the London History Festival website.

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