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2021 -2022

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Marc Morris
The Anglo-Saxons


A History of The Beginnings of England


ZOOM Meeting 7pm,Thursday 7th October 2021

Dr MARC MORRIS –  historian who specializes in the Middle Ages. He studied and taught at the universities of London and Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His other books include a bestselling history of the Norman Conquest and highly acclaimed biographies of King John and Edward I (A Great and Terrible King). He also presented the TV series Castle and wrote its accompanying book. He contributes regularly to other history programmes on radio and television and writes for numerous journals and magazines.
Marc Morris’ previous books A Great and Terrible King and The Norman Conquest have sold over 100,000 copies.

A History of The Beginnings of England

 Sixteen hundred years ago, Britain left the Roman Empire and swiftly fell into ruin. Grand cities and luxurious villas were deserted and left to crumble, and civil society collapsed into chaos. Into this violent and unstable world came foreign invaders from across the sea, and established themselves as its new masters.
The Anglo-Saxons traces the turbulent history of these people across the next six centuries. It explains how their earliest rulers fought relentlessly against each other for glory and supremacy, and then were almost destroyed by the onslaught of the Vikings. It explores how they abandoned their old gods for Christianity, established hundreds of churches and created dazzlingly intricate works of art. It charts the revival of towns and trade, and the origins of a familiar landscape of shires, boroughs and bishoprics. It is a tale of famous figures like King Offa, Alfred the Great and Edward the Confessor, but also features a host of lesser known characters – ambitious queens, revolutionary saints, intolerant monks and grasping nobles. Through their remarkable careers we see how a new society, a new culture and a single unified nation came into being.
Drawing on a vast range of original evidence – chronicles, letters, archaeology and artefacts – renowned historian Marc Morris illuminates a period of history that is only dimly understood, separates the truth from the legend, and tells the extraordinary story of how the foundations of England were laid.

St George’s Chapel

Commander Charlotte Elizabeth Manley, CVO OBE

Zoom Meeting
3pm, Thursday 4th November 2021

Charlotte has been Chapter Clerk of St George’s Chapel, Windsor since 2003.

Charlotte served in the Royal Navy as a Supply and Secretariat Branch officer 1976–1996, and spent two years as an exchange officer with the United States Navy at Newport, Rhode Island. In 1990 she joined the destroyer HMS Bristol as one of the first women at sea in the Royal Navy.
On 31 December 1993 she was promoted to Commander.
In 1994 she was on the staff of the Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command.
In 1996 she was on short-term contract in the Cabinet Office, before becoming Assistant Private Secretary and Comptroller to the Duke of York, and Comptroller to Princess Alexandra. Later she was promoted to Deputy Private Secretary and Comptroller to the Duke of York and then Private Secretary and Treasurer to the Duke of York.
In 2003 she left the Royal Household and the Office of the Duke of York and became Chapter Clerk of St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Charlotte was appointed OBE in 1996, LVO in 2003 and CVO in 2018.

Celebrating 130 years
J Manley Gallery

Established 24th March 1891

Malcolm Leach, the current owner, presents the history

Probably by Zoom
3pm, Thursday 2nd December 2021

In March 1891, John Manley acquired a Framing and Gilding business from Messrs Ellis Hills, who had been previously trading, for an unknown number of years, at Nos 94 and 95  Peascod Street in Windsor.

Mr. Manley’s skills as an art restorer and maker of the highest quality picture frames were quickly recognised by King Edward VII who awarded the firm its first Royal Warrant. A further six warrants were awarded, most recently by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Leslie Grout talking about 

Paris Cemeteries

Hopefully at Gardeners Hall 

3pm, Thursday 6 January 2022


 Hugo Vickers talks  on

HM’s Jubilees in Windsor 

Probably a Zoom Meeting

3pm  Thursday 3 February 2022

2021 – 2022

The events team are currently arranging further talks for the future, and we will post them on this website as soon as the speakers have confirmed dates.

In the meantime we wish everyone a safe and healthy summer.