On Thursday 25 September, The Green Ribbon Club (Sixth Form Historians) were privileged to hear Dr Anna Keay deliver a lecture on Monmouth, Charles the Second’s favourite but (probably) illegitimate son. It was fitting that she chose Monmouth for he was a key figure in The Green Ribbon Club in the Seventeenth Century. Although Monmouth has had bad press over the years, Dr Keay reassessed him in far more complimentary light and succeeded. Monmouth it transpires was a key figure in history who had major impact on history thereafter, not least, Dr Keay maintained, that there might not have been a Glorious Revolution had Monmouth not been born. He came across as a vivacious and attractive character who battled through difficult circumstances to emerge as a very accomplished soldier. His mother a murderess and no formal education until the age of 8 were significant handicaps. He was not the fool sometimes presented in history. His final gruesome end (another issue clarified here by Dr Keay…it took five strokes to behead him!) came following The Battle of Sedgemoor, the last battle on English soil. Dr Keay kept us thoroughly absorbed and entertained and her case for Monmouth was convincing. We look forward to the publication of her book on Monmouth. As well as historian, Anna Keay is an Old Bedalian and Bedales governor.
By Jonathan Selby, Head of History and Teacher of Government & Politics
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.