David Starkey is known as the UK’s leading constitutional historian who is not shy with his forthright views.
He comes to Hastings to talk about the Magna Carta, and share his thoughts about the 13th century agreement that changed our way of life.
Imperfect though it was, and radically modified in its first ten years, the Magna Carta limited for the first time the power of the monarch by stating the basic rights, privileges, and liberties of leading citizens and clergy.
There are few more stimulating or outspoken thinkers than Dr Starkey and few who understand better the way the most powerful have thought throughout our history.
His assessment of the situation and how our constitution stands today exactly 800 years later will amaze and challenge you.
Starkey succeeds in making the characters come alive and turning what could be bone dry history into sheer entertainment with colourful personalities and detail, and he can turn even the more bureaucratic elements of history-making into actual cliffhangers.
A Cambridge educated grammar school boy who became a respected LSE lecturer, a uniquely abrasive debater on Radio 4’s Moral Maze, and the creator and presenter of many very popular historical TV series...on such diverse subjects as Henry VIII, Elizabeth 1st, the Monarchy, the Churchills, and Music and Monarchy. Dr Starkey is a truly inspirational speaker.