Napoleon Harlequin: Theatre and the Battle for Legitimacy, 1814-15 – 10 June 2019

Lecture by Professor Katherine Astbury

 Napoleon Harlequin:

Theatre and the Battle for Legitimacy, 1814-15

 6 -7.30pm, Monday 10 June 2019

Keynes Library, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square. WC1H 0PD

The Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group is delighted to announce a forthcoming lecture by Kate Astbury, Professor of French Studies, University of Warwick.

After the allies entered Paris at the end of March 1814, the city witnessed a flood of pamphlets and prints denouncing Napoleon as ‘tyrant’, ‘monster’, ‘assassin’ and ‘comedian’. This final ‘crime’ might, at first sight, seem somewhat out of place but the battle for legitimacy that was taking place hinged on who had the greater claim to rule France, Napoleon or Louis XVIII. To accuse Napoleon of being a charlatan and an actor merely playing a part was to undermine his right to reign and it thus becomes a repeated element of royalist attacks on the person of the Emperor.  It would however, also be a weapon Napoleon’s supporters could turn to their advantage and this paper will outline the ways in which theatrical metaphor was used by both sides in 1814-15.

The lecture will be followed by questions, and drinks.

All are very welcome!

For further information, please contact Dr Ann Lewis: a.lewis@bbk.ac.uk

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C18 and Dr Jacqueline Riding – Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion 23 June 2016

Jacobites

Please find below details of another event organised by the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group. On Thursday 23rd June, 7-9pm, Dr. Jacqueline Riding will be talking about her new book, Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion, recently published by Bloomsbury. Dr. Riding is an alumna of the History of Art department at Birkbeck, and an Associate Research Fellow in the School of Arts. She will be joined in conversation by Dr. Sarah Fraser, whose biography of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, won the Saltire First Book Prize in 2012.

Please do join us to hear more about the Jacobites, have a glass of wine – and for a chance to pick up a copy of Jacqueline’s book at a discounted rate! (cash only)

best wishes,

Kate Retford, Luisa Cale, Ann Lewis and Emily Senior

Dr. Jacqueline Riding, Associate Research Fellow, School of Arts, Birkbeck College

Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion

in conversation with Dr. Sarah Fraser, chaired by Dr. Kate Retford

Thursday 23rd June, 7.00-9.00pm

Room G02, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD

Dr Jacqueline Riding, BA in History (Leicester), MA in History of Art (Birkbeck), PhD (York). Her thesis subject was the British painter Joseph Highmore (1692-1780).

Former curator at the Theatre Museum, Guards Museum and Palace of Westminster, and founding Director of the Handel House Museum, since 2005 she has worked as a consultant for Museum/Galleries and Historic Buildings, including Tate Britain, Historic Royal Palaces, Wilton’s Music Hall and Turner’s House Trust, and for feature films, including Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014), Colette (Wash Westmorland, pre-production) and Peterloo (Mike Leigh, 2018).

She publishes and lectures widely on early-Georgian art and history. Her current projects are the imagery of Charles Edward Stuart, and London’s Foundling Hospital. Her book Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion has just been published by Bloomsbury (2016).

Dr Sarah Fraser, BA in English (Bristol), PhD (Edinburgh). Her thesis subject was obscene Gaelic poetry by the foremost Jacobite poet, Alexander Macdonald (Alasdair MacMhaighstir Alasdair).

Her first book, a biography of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat (c.1667-1747) entitled The Last Highlander: Scotland’s most notorious clan chief, rebel and double agent (HarperCollins 2012) won the Saltire First Book Prize in 2012. In April 2016, The Last Highlander shot to No.12 in the New York Times ebook Bestseller List, due to the appearance of Lord Lovat in Season 2 of the Starz hit series Outlander.

She has appeared on Radio and TV, including Highland Clans (BBC, 2013). Her second book, a biography of Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales (1594-1612), will be published by HarperCollins at the end of this year.

For further details, please contact Kate Retford: k.retford@bbk.ac.uk

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