Two hundred years ago a group of conspirators assembled in a Cato Street stable in order to plan the massacre of the whole British cabinet at dinner and bring about revolution. Had they succeeded they would have achieved modern Britain's first terrorist atrocity. They were, however, moved by hunger and by democratic and secular principles, so are comparisons with today's terrorists appropriate?
The lecture discusses their identities, motives and impact, and the forgotten fact that their failure ended British revolutionary fantasies for a century.
No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture
Vic is a social historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, and a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
His 'The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770-1868' was awarded the Whitfield Prize of the Royal Historical Society, and his 'City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London' was joint winner of the Wolfson Prize, and winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize.