The Chair attains international fame

Because Social Media is what it is you never know who is going to contact you. So I suppose I should expect the odd message asking if I’m “that Graham Evans”. Well, in respect of our book about Edgcote in 1469, I am. In this case I was also asked if I’d go a bit of an introduction for a wargame video for a refight of Edgcote using model figures. Well, I had some free time, so why not. The result is posted below. It might amuse some of you. It made me laugh.

And please don’t tell me that our American friend can’t pronounce Warwick correctly. He knows now.

26th January talk

Our first talk of the year visits a subject at the centre of military history in all periods – what do commanders do and how do they lead?

How did medieval military leaders communicate with their troops in the midst of battle? Did commanders always lead from the front? Did poor leadership ensure defeat? This talk will address these questions and more, as it explores the vital influences of leaders in battle – as tacticians, inspirational figures, and fighters – throughout the medieval period.

Dr Rachael Whitbread is a writer, historian, and educator. She researches and writes about various aspects of conflict in medieval and early Tudor England. Her first book, ‘Battle: Understanding Conflict from Hastings to Helmand’ was released in September 2022.

The talk is free to fully paid up members. Non-members can attend for £5.00, payable when you book your ticket. If you join on the night (£20 single membership, £30 for a family) this will be deducted from your membership fee. Memberships taken out at the event cover the meeting and the rest of 2023.

Tea and coffee will be available in the Salon before the meeting. This is being arranged by the Delapre Abbey volunteers, and a donation box for payments will be provided.

To book your ticket for personal attendance at Delapre Abbey ONLY, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-the-battles-won-and-lost-leadership-in-medieval-battles-1066-1485-tickets-515535038177

November’s meeting

John Bassett OBE returns to give us another more modern talk. His previous forays into Allied WW2 covert operations and the Cuban missile crisis have passed into Society legend as not to be missed events. This talk will look at the county’s links to the British union of Fascists in the inter war years, and also the English speaking elements of the Brandenburger group, operated by German intelligence during WW2, and looks to be equally enthralling.

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truth-lies-and-nazi-spies-tickets-462515515357.

These tickets are for entry to the meeting at Delapre Abbey. They are free to paid up members, and £5 to non-members. In a change to previous meetings, non-members must pay through the Eventbrite website, and tickets are non-refundable.

For members unable to attend in person a Zoom link has been sent out with the notification email.

October’s Meeting – AGM

As Hallowe’en approaches, Gemma Hollman, who runs the “Just History” website comes to talk to us about Royalty and Witchcraft.

NB This meeting will be preceded by the Society’s AGM, which will commence at 7pm. This should last for about 30 minutes before we hand over to our speaker

Gemma published her debut book, “Royal Witches”, in 2019. The book covers four women of Royal Blood who in the 15th century were accused of witchcraft. Two of these women, Jacquetta and Luxembourg and Elizabeth Woodville, have a close Northamptonshire connection. Gemma will be sharing their stories and explaining the importance and the relevance of the accusations made against them in this earlier, more superstitious time.

Tickets available from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/royal-witches-tickets-438932507947

September’s Meeting

Lynn’s talk will look at what we know about women of Northamptonshire through the pages of the Domesday Book. Expect to be surprised at what she has discovered.

Tickets for the meeting are now available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/domesday-women-tickets-416559369287

These tickets are for personal attendance at Delapre Abbey. Entry is free for paid up members, or £7.50, payable on the door, to non-members. Access by Zoom is for paid up members only, and does not require a ticket. A link will be sent out closer to the date.

Tickets Released for June’s Talk

This month’s talk is by Nathen Amin. It’s great to have him back. He was about our last speaker before Lockdown and he was very popular and well received. Ticket and Zoom details have been emailed out to paid up members.

The talk will be in the Delapre Abbey library, commencing 7:30pm. Doors open 7pm.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/henry-vii-and-the-tudor-pretenders-tickets-358480704437. Entry is free to members, £7.50 to non-members.