Earl Spencer gives lecture at the University of Lincoln

Earl Spencer is to give a lecture at the University of Lincoln on Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier on Thursday 22 May, followed by a signing of his latest book.

To his fellow Royalists fighting for King Charles I, the Last Cavalier, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, was the archetypal 'cavalier'. Young, handsome, an expert horseman and crack pistol shot, his swaggering style irritated the stuffier of the King's courtiers almost as much as the Roundheads they were fighting.  However, Prince Rupert is revealed as more than just a great general and dashing cavalier. He was a scientist and classical scholar too: a true renaissance prince.

Earl Spencer, brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He is also the author of four books, including Blenheim: Battle for Europe (short-listed for 'History Book of the Year' at the 2005 National Book Awards), and Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier published in 2007.

The event will help to raise funds for the British Fulbright Scholars Association (BFSA) – the non-profit alumni association for the British Fulbright Scholars - which supports and promotes the Fulbright Programme of international educational and cultural exchange. The Earl was invited to give the lecture by the University’s Principal Lecturer in History and Fulbright Scholar, Dr Philip Swan, who was recently elected as Chair of the BFSA.

Paperback copies of Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier, due for national release on 29 May, will be on sale (payment by cash or cheque only) during the evening, priced £10.99.

Tickets for the fundraising event, which takes place on Thursday 22 May, will cost £3.00. All proceeds will be donated to the BFSA. The lecture takes place in the EMMTEC building, Brayford Campus. Registration takes place at 5.30pm with the lecture commencing at 6pm. The book signing will follow the lecture, commencing at approximately 7pm.

For more details or to book tickets please contact the University’s Events Team on 01522 837008 or email: events@lincoln.ac.uk

Below: Earl Spencer

Earl Spencer