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An unmissable evening with acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore celebrating the greatest letters in history. In this talk Simon will select some of the letters that have changed the course of global events or touched a timeless emotion – whether passion, rage, humour – from ancient times to the twentieth century: some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling, some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal and coarse.

From love letters to declarations of war, ranging from Elizabeth I to Stalin, Seneca to Machiavelli, Oscar Wilde to Balzac, Rameses the Great to Gandhi, Montefiore will explore the significance of the pieces of correspondence selected and show how letters can reveal the personalities of some of history’s most fascinating figures, and in turn offer a unique perspective on the past and a relevance for today.

 

 

 

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The Tabernacle

35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road
London W11 2AY
United Kingdom

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Tube: Westbourne Park, Notting Hill Gate Bus: 7, 28, 31, 70, 328

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