State Apartments, Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Anna KeayAs part of the Chelsea History Festival, Join Dr Anna Keay as she shares new insights into the Duke of Monmouth, uncovered by the research which inspired her acclaimed biography of this complex, charismatic character.

The tumultuous life of James, Duke of Monmouth, the illegitimate son of King Charles II, inspired Dr Anna Keay to write The Last Royal Rebel, described as 'a fascinating portrait' by The Guardian. Now she shares fresh insights and new research in this compelling talk.

Historian, broadcaster and director of The Landmark Trust, Dr Keay will bring to life the story of a man born in exile, who emerged from a childhood in the backstreets of Rotterdam to command the ballrooms of Paris, the brothels of Covent Garden and the battlefields of Flanders. You will be transported to another era, as she explores his glamorous life and tragic death – and reveals the important part Cheshire and Staffordshire played in his remarkable story.

This event is followed by a book signing with the author.

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