From Reason to Revolution Events Update

For fans of the From Reason to Revolution, we have two special events coming up in Spring 2018.

Firstly, Helion is co-sponsoring the 2018 East Midlands Napoleonic Days, taking place at the Long Acre Studios, Bingham (formerly the drill hall of the South Notts Hussars) on 3/4 March. The brainchild of historical novelist Peter Youds, the event covers all aspects of the Napoleonic era. In Peter’s own words:

The term Napoleonic refers to the period, not just the man, so there is a wide range of subject matter – social history as well as purely military affairs, costume balls as well as cannon balls!

As well as historical talks, there will also be displays of costume and needlework, wargaming, an art exhibition, and activities for children. For more information about the event, for which admission is free , please see http://www.bicorn.co.uk/NapoleonicDay.html.

Amongst the speakers will be From Reason to Revolution series editor Andrew Bamford, and series authors Carole Divall, Gareth Glover, and Eamonn O’Keeffe. We will be taking the opportunity to launch Gareth’s and Eamonn’s contributions to the series at the event (readers will have to wait a little longer for Carole’s book on the British Army in Egypt, due out in the Autumn). Both new titles, numbers 13 and 14 in the series, are memoirs and both are unusual in that they tell a complete life-story rather than just a series of military adventures. Beyond that, however, the similarities cease. John Harley’s The Veteran, edited by Gareth Glover, is a rip-roaring tale of scandal and adventure, full of scurrilous anecdotes. On the other hand, the Narrative of the Eventful Life of Thomas Jackson, edited by Eamonn O’Keeffe, brings us firmly back down to earth with its account of the brutal realities of war. Jackson, a sergeant in the Coldstreamers, lost a leg in 1814 and his account of his suffering and subsequent tale of trying to make ends meet on a post-war pension is harrowing stuff.

Moving on, the second event is the first in what is hoped to be an annual series of conferences, very much in the mould of those which have proved such a success for our Century of the Soldier series. The first From Reason to Revolution series conference will take place on 29 April, at the York Army Museum, and is generously sponsored by the Society for Army Historical Research.

The theme for this year’s event is Command and Leadership, within which we have eight papers spread across three panels, looking at leadership both at a regimental level and in terms of high command and generalship. Speakers include published series authors Arran Johnston, Will Raffle, and Yves Martin, as well as others whose papers are offshoots from works-in-progress which will be added to the series portfolio in due course. We will also be taking the opportunity on the day to launch book number 17 in the series, John Harding-Edgar’s biography of General Sir George Murray, Wellington’s chief staff officer for much of the Peninsular War. As with the East Midlands event, the full range of series titles will also be available to purchase on the day.

Just as with the Century of the Soldier conferences, the papers will be published as part of the series; all being well, we will launch the 2018 proceedings at the 2019 conference!

Tickets cost £30, which includes lunch and refreshments, and can be ordered from the Helion website where a full list of speakers is also available: http://www.helion.co.uk/events/from-reason-to-revolution-conference-2018.html

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