Major General Sir Edward Massey MP; Hero, Traitor or Survivor
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About the Event
General Sir Edward Massey MP was best known as Colonel Massey, the parliamentarian commander who successfully defended Gloucester against King Charles in 1643, and later became MP for Gloucester.
But his journey was unusual even in those turbulent times. Massey went on to be the New Model Army’s Major General in the West of England before falling out over the political direction of the Army and the fate of the King. He was twice imprisoned in the Tower of London. Joining Prince (later King) Charles and the Royalists in exile, Massey fought at the skirmish at Upton before the Battle of Worcester, later surrendering before another spell in the Tower. He worked ceaselessly for the Restoration, and was returned to Parliament again shortly before it.
Some 350 years after Massey’s death, his successor as MP for Gloucester, Richard Graham, discusses the case for Massey as Hero, Traitor or Survivor.
Richard was a history exhibitioner at Oxford University, an airline manager, diplomat and pensions manager before becoming MP for Gloucester in 2010. He is also the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for much of South East Asia, Chairman of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the founder Chairman of the Gloucester History Festival.
Richard Graham MP is the first speaker in our 2019 Civil War Nights programme.
The Civil War Nights programme has been running for four years and we have had the privilege to host some incredible speakers such as Professor Ronald Hutton and Charles Spencer. The talks take place in the historic Great Hall of The Commandery where seating is limited, so we would advise pre-booking for all talks. The Commandery Cafe will remain open from 5pm until the talk starts should you wish to arrive early.
Members of the Battle of Worcester Society, Cromwell Association or the Battlefield's Trust are able to purchase the discounted £5 tickets (normally £7).
- Adult Ticket (Non Member)£7£70£0
- Adult Ticket (Member's Ticket)£5£50£0
- Student Ticket£3£30£0