Citizen of London: The Life and Times of Richard Whittington w/ Michael McCarthy

10 Jun 2023 – 13:45 - 14:45 BST
Fairford Book Fest
The Literary Marquee
Fairford Cricket Club
16 Park Street

Discover the extraordinary story of Richard Whittington, born 1358-59 just 35 miles from Fairford in Pauntley, Gloucestershire, in this fascinating talk by Citizen of London author Michael McCarthy.

Citizen of London coverA man determined to follow his own path, Whittington was a significant figure in London’s ceaseless development. As a banker, Collector of the Wool Custom, King’s Council member and four-time mayor, Whittington featured prominently in the rise of the capital’s merchant class and powerful livery companies. Civic reformer, enemy of corruption and author of an extraordinary social legacy, he contributed to Henry V’s victory at Agincourt and oversaw building works at Westminster Abbey. In London, Whittington found his ‘second’ family: a mentor, Sir Ivo Fitzwarin, and an inspirational wife in Fitzwarin’s daughter Alice.

Today’s Dick Whittington pantomimes, enjoyed by millions, have a grain of truth in them, but the real story is far more compelling—minus that sadly mythical cat.

About the author

Michael McCarthy PhD lectured in Politics before a career in development, consultancy and in rural and heritage regeneration. His books include Campaigning for the PoorThe New Politics of Welfare; and A History of Their Making.

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