Good evening, and thank you for the opportunity to speak to you this evening about something close to my heart.
Why me, why now?
Why commemorate Magna Carta, agreed in 1215, at all?
What’s going to happen?
Growing up in America I had a pretty thorough schooling in English history, English literature and not least English cinema (that was before television), which began with the Saxons and Jutes, then 1066 and all that, 1215 Magna Carta (included in the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution you know), Good King Richard the Lionhearted, Bad King John “Lackland” (and Robin Hood and his merry men, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and all), Henry VIII and Elizabeth the Virgin Queen, Shakespeare, 18th C. Georgian elegance in costume, in architecture and music.