Clare Jackson and Devil-Land book

‘Devil-Land: England under siege 1588-1688’ – Clare Jackson in conversation with Andrew Marr

Date & timeThursday, 10 February 5:45pm - 7:00pm
LocationTrinity Hall
CostFree

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*Please note that we are nearing capacity for this event and cannot guarantee that future bookings will be for a seat in the Lecture Theatre, however we will be live-streaming this event and there will be additional seating in the Graham Storey Room to watch the event live. 

 

Trinity Hall is pleased to partner with the University of Cambridge Centre for Geopolitics to host an event in which Dr Clare Jackson (Senior Tutor and Fellow) talks to Andrew Marr (1977) about her latest book: Devil-Land: England under siege 1588-1688 – a ground-breaking portrait of the most turbulent century in English history.

Among foreign observers, seventeenth-century England was known as ‘Devil-Land’: a diabolical country of fallen angels, torn apart by seditious rebellion, religious extremism and royal collapse. Clare Jackson’s dazzling, original account of English history’s most turbulent and radical era tells the story of a nation in a state of near continual crisis. Devil-Land reveals England as, in many ways, a ‘failed state’: endemically unstable and rocked by devastating events from the Gunpowder Plot to the Great Fire of London. Catastrophe nevertheless bred creativity, and Jackson makes brilliant use of eyewitness accounts – many penned by stupefied foreigners – to dramatize her great story. Named as a ‘Book of the Year 2021’ by the New StatesmanTimes Literary Supplement, The Daily Telegraph and The TimesDevil-Land provides a spectacular reinterpretation of England’s vexed and enthralling past.

Dr Clare Jackson – Biography

After leaving Loretto School in Edinburgh, Clare graduated in History from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She completed an MPhil in History at Aberystwyth University in Wales, before returning to Cambridge where she researched a PhD on royalist ideas in seventeenth-century Scotland at Sidney Sussex College and later became a Research Fellow. After moving to Trinity Hall as Director of Studies in History in 2000, she became Senior Tutor of Trinity Hall in October 2013.

Clare’s main interests lie in early modern British political, religious, legal and cultural history. She was Editor of the Historical Journal from 2004 to 2011 and her biography, Charles II: The Star King was published in ‘The Penguin Monarchs’ series in 2016. She has appeared regularly on Melvyn Bragg’s In our Time on BBC Radio 4 and presented two BBC2 television series on The Stuarts (2014) and The Stuarts in Exile in 2015, which are regularly repeated on BBC i-player, PBS, LondonLive and other channels.

Mr Andrew Marr – Biography

Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959, brought up outside Dundee in Perthshire, and schooled in Dundee, Fife, and at Loretto, Musselburgh. He was an Exhibitioner Trinity Hall, joining in 1977 to read for a BA in English. He went on to become a trainee journalist with The Scotsman in 1981, where he was subsequently general reporter, business reporter and parliamentary correspondent. Andrew joined the start-up team of The Independent as political correspondent in 1986. He has also been political editor of The Economist and Scotsman, and chief commentator of The Independent and editor, 1996-8. He was also a political columnist for The Observer and Express, 1998-2000. He worked as political editor of the BBC 2000-5, has hosted Start the Week from 2002-present and The Andrew Marr Show (2005-2021).

Documentary series include The History of Modern Britain, The Making of Modern Britain, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Diamond Queen and History of the World. Andrew is also the author of twelve books on subjects including history, biography, political theory, fiction and art. Awards include two RTS and two Baftas, “book of the year” for non-fiction plus six awards for political journalism and two radio awards.  His first solo painting show opened in Liverpool in June 2017. He is married to Jackie Ashley, former President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and has three children.

How to register

Online booking now open

*Please note that we are nearing capacity for this event and cannot guarantee that future bookings will be for a seat in the Lecture Theatre, however we will be live-streaming this event and there will be additional seating in the Graham Storey Room to watch the event live. 

Booking will close at midday on Friday 4 February

Location

The Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge

Please visit the Porters’ Lodge on arrival where they will direct you to the Lecture Theatre

Contact

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Author photo by Alistair McCormick.

Book photo by Allen Lane.