It turns out Ben is descended from the Devil which explains why he's always been a bit of a maverick. Or at least that’s what he tells himself anyway! Having discovered his own family history, it’s been very enlightening to find out that he is in very good company. Allow Ben to show you the underside of Victorian respectability through the eyes of some of his ancestors who had a devilish streak. There’s Aaron who broke with his religion and his community to be with the woman he loved. And Caroline whose passions for a dashing Parisian left her in total disgrace. Then we’ll travel to Mexico City in 1596 and see what the Inquisitors make of his non-conforming ancestors there. And finally, we’ll meet Melusine herself…
- Duration: 45 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
- Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Meet the Host, Ben
Ben Nicholls has been researching his own family history since 2001. His paternal grandfather was a shadowy figure who died long before his birth and one day Ben realised that he represented a quarter of him that he knew nothing about. Ben's journey started with his grandfather’s birth certificate. He has been on many journeys back through the centuries to the middle ages, travelled on a tide of documents and stories across Europe, and traced pioneers across the globe. Ben has met some truly wonderful characters in his personal history journey, from war heroes to Jewish millionaires, divorcees to lunatics, skilled artisans to adventurers, and artists to socialites.
Preparing for the Event
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