History at the Magpie is a monthly panel event with a social buzz for lovers of books, history and good beer. It’s a chance to get together with fellow readers and authors to hear about the best new historical writing, then discuss it all over a drink afterwards.
Note our new venue this month – a cosy historic pub in the heart of London!
Tuesday 26th June, 7.30pm
Magpie and Stump
18 Old Bailey
EC Fremantle, Leanda de Lisle & Matthew Plampin
Chaired by Antonia Senior
Copies of the authors’ latest books will be available on the night and are sold by Daunt’s.
(No drinks are included in the ticket price but there will be a cash bar in the private room before the event and obviously, attendees have access to the main bar. If you are buying drinks please do mention you are at the event as we do have a minimum spend!)
Historical fiction writer Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of the Tudor trilogy, which includes the books Queen’s Gambit, Sisters of Treason and Watch the Lady.
Autumn, 1615. Celebrated couple Robert and Frances Carr are imprisoned on suspicion of murder.
SHE has been rescued from an abusive marriage by Robert, and is determined to make a new life for herself. Whatever the price.
HE has risen from nothing to become one of the country’s most powerful men. But to get to the top, you cannot help making enemies.
Now a man is dead. And someone must pay with their life.
Frances knows the truth can kill. Robert knows a lie can set you free. Neither understands their marriage is a poisoned bed.
Leanda de Lisle is a British historical writer. Her first book, After Elizabeth: The Death of Elizabeth and the Coming of King James, was published in 2005 and was runner-up for the Saltire Society’s First book of the Year award. Her next book, The Sisters Who Would be Queen; The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey, became a New York Times bestseller.
Less than forty years after the golden age of Elizabeth I, England was at war with itself. The bloody, devastating civil wars set family against family, friend against friend. At the head of this disintegrating kingdom was Charles I. His rule would change the face of the monarchy for ever.
Matthew Plampin was born in 1975 and lives in London. He completed a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art and now lectures on nineteenth-century art and architecture. He is the author of two previous novels, The Street Philosopher and The Devil’s Acre.
‘Maud could tell the whole story, but she will not’
Chelsea 1876: Jimmy Whistler stands on the cusp of fame, ready to astound the London art world with his radical paintings. At his side is Maud Franklin, his muse, lover and occasional pupil, sharing his house, his dazzling social life and his grand hopes for the future.
But Jimmy’s rebelliousness comes at a heavy price for them both as he battles a furious patron, challenges an influential and viciously hostile critic and struggles with a dire lack of cash. Before long a fight for survival is being waged through the galleries, the drawing rooms and even the courts and Maud, Jimmy’s Madame and closest ally, is expected to do her part.
Chaired by Antonia Senior
Born in London, Antonia Senior studied history at Jesus College, Cambridge, before becoming a journalist. She worked on staff at The Times for fourteen years. By day serious journalist, by night voracious reader of fiction, particularly historical. After years of prevaricating, Antonia began writing. Her first book, Treason’s Daughter, received critical acclaim and was chosen as to be part of WH Smith’s Fresh Talent promotion. Her second, The Winter Isles, is a recreation of the life of Somerled, the first Lord of the Isles in Scotland. When not in London, Antonia and her family are in Scotland. Her husband is a learner of gaelic, and enthusiastic amateur banjoist.