Henry Marten – a talk by Dr Manfred Brod
Manfred is a local historian specialising in the Thames Valley in the 16th and 17th centuries. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and is the author of two books and numerous papers.
The period of the Civil War and its aftermath produced many towering political figures, but few as sympathetic as Berkshire’s Henry Marten. An extreme republican, he was an idealist who spent his family fortune in the service of his cause, and a consummate parliamentarian with a gift for repartee. He had political opponents, but never made a personal enemy; friend and foe alike could count on him for help when they were in trouble. His influence ended with Cromwell’s coup in 1653, and at the Restoration it was the favours he was owed by Royalists that spared him from execution as a regicide.
The talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society.
Tickets cost £5 (£4 for society members) and includes tea or coffee and cake after the talk. You may turn up and pay at the door
The Centre for Heritage and Family History
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