John of Gaunt: A European Prince

Helen Carr
Victoria Hall / Online
15 Nov 2022 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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Helen Carr, writer and history producer

John of Gaunt was the son of Edward III, brother to the Black Prince, father to Henry IV and the forefather of the Tudors.  His character and motivations have been hotly disputed: supposed usurper of Richard II’s crown and a focus of hatred throughout the latter part of the fourteenth century, culminating in the dramatic Peasant’s Revolt and the torching of his home, Savoy Palace.

From her book The Red Prince, Helen Carr will paint a portrait of John of Gaunt, a man who has historically been sidelined in favour of more famous monarchs. She will reveal a complex character who held the levers of power on the English and European stage, during the tumultuous and dramatic fourteenth century.

Helen Carr is a historian, writer and history producer.  She has produced history documentaries for the BBC, Sky Arts, Discovery, CNN and HistoryHit TV and has previously worked for BBC4’s weekly programme In Our Time. Helen is a regular features writer for BBC History Magazine and has contributed to the New Statesman, History Today, and History Extra.  She now runs her own podcast, Hidden Histories.

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