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Charles Spencer

To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape SOLD OUT

Charles Spencer

Saturday, 30 March 2019

6:00pm

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Bestselling historian and journalist Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, tells the gripping story of Charles II’s remarkable escape from capture during one of the greatest manhunt’s in British history.

Charles II faced following his father to the block after returning to Britain to fight for his throne and losing to Cromwell at the battle of Worcester. Spencer explains how Charles, a 6ft 2 inch gentleman with dark skin inherited from his French-Italian mother, stuck out among his contemporaries yet was still able to evade capture. Charles hid in an oak tree, witnessed a village celebrating his supposed killing and disguised himself as a servant in one half of an eloping couple.

Spencer studied history at Oxford and was a reporter on NBC’s Today show. He is the youngest brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He has written several bestselling books including Blenheim: Battle for Europe and Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden