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'History v Heritage: the Mythology of Marston Moor' a talk by Steve Murdoch

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How has the role of Alexander Leslie, Earl of Leven, been downplayed at Marston Moor and two Thirty Years War battle sites?

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Who was really responsible for the victory at the battle of Marston Moor in 1644? Has later history and heritage obscured what really happened? This lecture reviews the mythology surrounding the battle and compares it with two similarly misrepresented battles (Stralsund 1628 and Wittstock 1636). The link between them all is the senior commander at all three (on the winning side), Alexander Leslie, Earl of Leven.

Steve Murdoch is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He is author on the history of Scotland and the Wider World in general and of Scotland and Scandinavia in particular. His monographs include Britain, Denmark-Norway and the House of Stuart; Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 and the award winning book The Terror of the Seas? Scottish Maritime Warfare, 1513-1713 . In 2014 he published the co-authored book (with Alexia Grosjean) Alexander Leslie and the Scottish Generals of the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648. He has edited several volumes including Scotland and the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 and with Alexia Grosjean Scottish Communities Abroad in the Early Modern Period .

This is part of a 4 part lecture series, discounted Season Tickets for which can be purchased here.

The other talks in this series are:

Wednesday 9 June at 7.30pm - Stuart Orme on 'Making a Soldier: Cromwell's First Campaign'

Wednesday 16 June at 7.30pm - David Flintham on 'Rediscovering London's Lost Civil War Defences'

Wednesday 23 June at 7.30pm - Keith Dowen on 'With Swords by their Sides: Arms and Armour of the Civil Wars'

Click on the links for individual tickets to these talks.

PLEASE NOTE: These talks will be held online via Zoom. Joining details will be sent out a few days before the talk. Talks will be recorded and put on a private stream for ticket holders to view after the talk if they miss it or wish to re-watch.

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The Cromwell Museum is home to the world's best collection relating to Oliver Cromwell (1599 - 1658), Soldier & Statesman, and his housed in a medieval building in the heart of historic Huntingdon. It is run by an independent charity.

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