Antonia Fraser to speak at London Jesuit Centre

Lady Antonia Fraser is one of Britain's most successful authors. During a career spanning seven decades she has written critically acclaimed history books, as well as biographies and detective fiction. Works include Mary, Queen of Scots (1969) which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and Marie Antoinette (2001) which won the Enid McLeod Literary Prize. 

Her most recent book, The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 charts Catholic emancipation in the British Isles following centuries of repression. The story begins with the violent anti-Catholic Gordon riots in 1780, fuelled by the lessening of penal laws dating back to the 16th century. Some fifty years later, the passing of the Emancipation Bill was hailed as a 'bloodless revolution'.

Antonia Fraser brings colour and humour to this vivid drama with its huge cast of characters: King George III, who opposed emancipation on the basis of his coronation oath; his indulgent son, the Prince of Wales, enamoured of Catholic Maria Fitzherbert; Wellington and Peel; 'roaring' lord Winchelsea; and heroic Daniel O'Connell.

This event will begin with 40-minutes in conversation with Professor Peter Davidson (Oxford University) and Stephen Withnell (Stonyhurst College) followed by an opportunity for audience questions.

The evening begins at 7.00pm at the London Jesuit Centre.

Admission for this latest Good Books event at the London Jesuit Centre is free but by ticket only. For more information and to register please click here

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