Nigel Hastilow: The Man who Invented the News

12th June 2024, 7:30pm
Warwick Hall
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Marchamont Nedham – born and brought up in Burford – teacher lawyer, spy, doctor – became the 17th century’s most notorious journalist.  His memoirs reveal the truth of his triple dealing during the bloody and epoch making English Civil War.

He worked for Parliament, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and Charles II.  He was jailed three times, fled the country in fear of being hanged, drawn and quartered as a traitor and yet he survived and prospered.  Unscrupulous, amusing and good company, Nedham’s journalism influenced the French and American revolutions over a century later.