Shrewsbury School

Bastille Society Lecture: ‘How to pick a fight with the King (and win)’

Thursday 6 December 2018

We were honoured to welcome Dr Edward Cavanagh, Fellow in History at Downing College, Cambridge, to deliver the final Bastille Society lecture of the term on Friday 30th November.

Libby Hedges (G U6), Co-President of the Bastille Society writes:

An introduction into undergraduate-level constitutional history gave an interesting insight for those planning to study History at University. The title ‘How to pick a fight with the King (and win)’ encouraged a range of audience members with intentions varying from improving knowledge of the Pre-U course covering Charles I and the Civil War to those with semi-serious objectives of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth II and toppling the monarchy.

Personally, I picked up on his explanation of the term ‘diffidationes’, which has become one of my favourite words. The renunciation of faith from the King over a long period of time underpinned the lecture, moving away from the idea of specific moments being the exact turning points in history.

We want to thank Dr Cavanagh for travelling from Cambridge and giving an extended Oxbridge-style tutorial sharing such depth and engaging such fascination with the students. The attendees were very lucky to be present and we look forward to welcoming him again soon.

Presidents of the Bastille Society Libby Hedges and Ebrahim Jamshid with Dr Cavanagh


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