What would have happened if Charles II had been executed in 1651?

Not much, I tell the Guardian.

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Robert Dover’s Olympick Games

I contributed to this BBC Radio 3 documentary on Dover’s games, presented by former test cricketer Ed Smith. You can listen to the documentary here (available til 26th Feb 2012).

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The English Revolution and its Republican Legacy

I will be giving a talk on the above on Feb 16th as part of the Bishopgate Institute’s Monarchy and Republicanism series. Details here.

Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Resisting Control: Dissent, Protest and Organised Belligerance

I’m taking part in this discussion organised by Neil Denny of Little Atoms at the Bishopsgate Institute along with Dan Hind, Bibi van der Zee and Alex Butterworth. 3 November @ 7.30pm.

Info over here.

Suffolk Book League Talk Sept 6

I will be giving a talk on my A Radical History of Britain to the Suffolk Book League on Tues Sept 6 at 7.30pm. Details here.

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Londoners: Rioting through the Ages

An article I wrote for Al-Jazeera on the recent riots in England can be found here.

It was picked up by In These Times in an interesting piece by Michelle Chan.

Elsewhere, History Today editor Paul Lay had some thoughtful insights on the literary rather than historical parallels.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival 5th June

I will be talking radicalism and rebellion at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival on Sunday 5th June at 1pm with David Horspool, author of The English Rebel. More details here.

Podcast of Thomas Paine Society Lecture

I’ve now put up the recording of the Thomas Paine Society lecture given on 5th March here.

Apologies for the sound quality at the beginning, I was struggling to be heard over the sound of screaming Japanese fan-girls (not screaming at me but attending the Manga convention also in Conway Hall.)

A revised and edited version of the lecture has been submitted to the Society’s journal.

‘Thomas Paine and the English Radical Tradition’

I am honoured to have been invited to give the Thomas Paine Society’s Eric Paine Memorial Lecture.

The talk will be at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1 4RL at 2pm on Sat 5th March.

More details here.

Published in: on February 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm  Comments (4)  
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The eighteenth century John Lilburne.

You can listen to a podcast of my talk on the above here. Thanks to the organisers for pulling together such an excellent conference.