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Lecture, Wed 11 Mar 2020

AN Wilson

AN Wilson

AN Wilson

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AN Wilson makes a very welcome return to the festival. In this companion biography to the acclaimed Victoria, he offers a deeply textured and ambitious portrait of Prince Albert.


Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved The Monarchy

For more than six decades, Queen Victoria ruled a great Empire at the height of its power. Beside her for more than twenty of those years was the love of her life, her trusted husband and father of their nine children, Prince Albert. But while Victoria is seen as the embodiment of her time, it was Prince Albert, AN Wilson expertly argues, who was at the vanguard of Victorian Britain’s transformation as a vibrant and extraordinary centre of political, technological, scientific and intellectual advancement.

Far more than just the product of his age, Albert was one of its influencers and architects. A composer, engineer, soldier, politician, linguist and bibliophile, Prince Albert, more than any other royal, was truly a ‘genius’.

Albert lived only forty-two years. Yet in that time, he fathered the royal dynasties of Germany, Russia, Spain and Bulgaria. Through Victoria, Albert and her German advisers pioneered the idea of the modern constitutional monarchy. In this sweeping biography, Wilson demonstrates that there was hardly any aspect of British national life which Albert did not touch.

Drawn from the Royal archives, including the Prince’s voluminous correspondence, this brilliant and ambitious book offers fascinating never-before-known details about the man and his time. A superb match of biographer and subject, Prince Albert, at last, gives this important historical figure the reverence and recognition that is long overdue.

“This superb revisionist biography is the book that he was born to write. Wilson clearly loves and admires his subject, but this is a critical biography – funny, insightful, original and authoritative. At last Victoria has been rescued from her widow’s weeds.”
Jane Ridley, Spectator



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AN Wilson grew up in Staffordshire and was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. He has written twenty-three novels – the most recent is Aftershocks. Prince Albert is his twenty-seventh book of non-fiction.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 11 Mar 2020 19:00 to 20:30

Prices

Tickets:
£10

Contact

Essex Book Festival

Address

Layer Marney,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO5 9US

Directions

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Map reference: TL 928174  Lat: 51.82194 Long: 0.79613

By Road:
By car: Layer Marney Tower is a 20mns drive from Colchester town centre, off Maldon Road on the way to Tiptree.

The address is: Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex C05 9US

By Bus: The 75 bus from Colchester Town Centre will take you to Smythe's Green, a 20mn walk from Layer Marney Tower.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality