For Bristol Radical History Week 2008 we turn our attention to three connected themes which have sent shivers down the spines of our rulers whether monarchs or ministers for a millennium…Regicide, Republicanism and Political Assassination. As the first people in modern times to have both created a Republic (hussar!) and tried and executed a traitorous king we have both an interesting and progressive history to explore. Starting with this momentous moment, The English Revolution, we will chart some of the radical currents that drove a dispute over the division of political power into a full blown revolutionary war where the people’s army often dictated the terms of the new Republic and decided to challenge the God’s by seizing the King and putting him on trial for war crimes.

With the torch of political freedom lit by the short lived but influential Republic (after all things are never the same again after you’ve carried out your first regicide!) we march onto the birth of modern Republicanism in the flames of the American and French Revolutions of the late 18th Century. It has always intrigued us why no one seems to know in England who Thomas Paine is or what he proposed. In the late 18th Century the man’s name was on everyone’s lips, whether frightened monarch, angry cobbler or mutinous sailor. We shall be looking at the debates that broke out in the fledgling English republican movement between old style ‘Norman Yokists’ , looking back to a mythical past and those who grasped the new enlightened ideas from the colonial upstarts and French revolutionaries. We will consider how the ideas of Paine and the French and American democratic models frightened our rulers and both inspired and divided the English Republicans as they stumbled down the insurrectionary path.

In the late 19th Century, if you were a king, a president or a capitalist then the chances were that there was some Anarchist or other who was trying to waste you with bomb or bullet. We will look at the rise of the propagandists of the deed, desperate (but well dressed) men and women who had decided enough was enough and had taken justice into their own hands. From Alexander Berkman to the unmasking of the true identity of Peter the Painter we will survey the wreckage of a period where the decadence of the wealthy and powerful often paid its price. Well it’s better than bottling it up!

Bristol Radical History Week 2008 is not just about lectures and debates, we our usual mixture of great gigs , our popular history walks, a recreation of a regicide, opening the archives and its all rounded off with a bonfire night of stories, toffee apples and effigy burning!

Listen to a BCFM interview (8 MB 17 mins mp3 file) were Roger covers the events of Off With Thier Heads.

Date Time Title Details With Link
, 2008 ‘Robbing Banks Is An Honour For Me’ An Audience With Lucio Urtubia and a showing of the documentary 'Lucio'. Lucio Urtubia
, 2008 Roy Bailey & Eirlys Rhiannon An English folk legend supported by a local singer-songwriter. Roy Bailey,
Eirlys Rhiannon
, 2008 Regicide And The English Revolution The Tyrannicide Brief - Geoffrey Robertson Renowned human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC examines the first trial of a head of state - Charles I, and how this groundbreaking moment in history […] Geoffrey Robertson ,
Colin Thomas
, 2008 Political Assassins Avengers & Madmen - Propagandists Of The Deed & The Dawn Of Modern Terrorism. ‘Peter The Painter’ - The Full Story At Last! Matt Carr,
Phil Ruff
, 2008 Spectres Of Violence Thomas Paine, George Cruikshank And The Age Of Reason. Ian Haywood
, 2008

Opening The Archives Your chance to view primary source material related to regicide and republicanism in the Bristol Room of the Central Reference Library. Hosted by the knowledgeable and helpful archivists Dawn Dyer and […] Jane Bradley,
Dawn Dyer
, 2008 English Republicanism Radicalism, Monarchy And The Lost Liberties Of Anglo-Saxon Egland 1790-1820 - Steve Poole Although the English Jacobins of the 1790s were frequently characterised by their enemies as Republican […] Steve Poole,
Robert Lamb
, 2008 Robb Johnson & The Irregulars/ Clayton Blizzard A return to BRH by Robb Johnson. Support from Bristol's Clayton Blizzard. Robb Johnson,
Clayton Blizzard
, 2008 Radical History & ‘The Commonweal’ Why History Matters... And Why Radical History Matters more. Commonalty and Commonweal 1381-1649. Dave Cullum,
David Rollison
, 2008 The Surfin’ Turnips/ Who’s Afear’d/ Paul McCoch An evening of local legends. Surfin' Turnips,
Who's Afear'd,
Paul McCoch
, 2008 Off His ‘Ed: Regicide At Pucklechurch But William, libro ij° de Regibus, seyth (says) that this kyng kepyng a feste at Pulkirchirche, in the feste of seynte Austyn, and seyng a thefe, Leof by name, sytte [th]er amonge hys gestes, whom he […] Gail Boyle
, 2008 What Is Social History? In a 1970 article advocating ‘social history as the history of society’, E.J.Hobsbawm concluded that it was ‘a good time to be a social historian’. ‘Even those of us who never set out to call […] David Rollison
, 2008 Fire & Folk Devils Stories and music round the fire at the Boiling Wells site, St Werburghs City Farm; 7.30 - 10 pm. BYO drink. Tales told by Martin Maudsley and friends, with salty songs and feisty fiddle tunes from […] Martin Maudsley

Off With Their Heads Programme Outside
Off With Their Heads Programme Outside
Off With Their Heads Programme Inside
Off With Their Heads Programme Inside
Colour Poster
Colour Poster
Black & White Poster
Black & White Poster
Lucio Urtubia Flyer
Lucio Urtubia Flyer
Gig Flyer
Gig Flyer
  • Download a black & white A6 flyer for the Lucio Urtubia here (750KB pdf file). To preview the Flyer click on the thumbnail below.
  • Download a black & white A6 flyer for all 4 Radical History Week 2008 gigs here (300KB pdf file).

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