Working in association with the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION, the Guild presented two more programs in 2004 that resulted in BOOK TV offerings on C-SPAN. One featured London author JANE DUNN's dual biography of Queen Elizabeth I and her rival Mary Queen of Scots. The second put the spotlight on Oxford's HEW STRACHAN, who was in the United States to promote a celebrated study of The First World War.
Another leading British historian, JOHN GUY of Cambridge, also addressed a gathering about Queen of Scots: A Life of Mary Stuart. Additional speakers included DIARMAID MCCULLOCH, a prominent Oxford scholar who introduced what is widely regarded as the definitive history of the Protestant Reformation, and SIR MAX HASTINGS, a UK journalist who spent many years with the BBC and who talked about Armageddon, the battle for control of Germany in World War II. We also hosted a lecture by PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT, a panel discussion of the "Beatlemania" anniversary, with NPR's MARTIN GOLDSMITH and WETA's ROBERT AUBRY DAVIS among the participants, and discussions with such writers as ADAM GOPNIK of the New Yorker, PETER MARKS of the Washington Post, and STANLEY WELLS of the SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST. For many of our attendees, however, the highlight of an exceedingly eventful year was a BRITISH EMBASSY reception hosted by Her Majesty's new Ambassador, SIR DAVID MANNING, and LADY MANNING. This gathering included eloquent remarks by English actor and director KEITH BAXTER, best known for his role as Prince Hal in Chimes at Midnight, an Orson Welles film classic in which the producer played Falstaff and Sir John Gielgud portrayed King Henry IV.
For details about these and other offerings, see March 2004, April 2004, May 2004, June 2004, September 2004, October 2004, November 2004, and December 2004.