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Rock legend to appear at Gloucester History Festival

Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, is to make an appearance at next month's Gloucester History Festival.

The rock legend will be appearing at Blackfriars Priory on the last day of the festival on Sunday, September 17 alongside acclaimed historian Martin Wall.

The pair have long been fascinated by the history, myths and legends of the old Welsh Marches, the haunting and beautiful lands reaching all the way from Gloucestershire to the mysterious Long Mynd and the magical Kinver Edge. A land rich in Anglo-Saxon treasures, Iron Age hill forts and Arthurian legends.

For 'Warriors & KIngdoms: Tales of the Anglo-Saxon West', the pair will join join Janina Ramirez from 10.30am-11.30am for a fascinating journey across the borderlands between England and Wales exploring 2,000 years of history from Roman to Anglo-Saxon times, from King Cnut and Boudicca to the Kingdom of Mercia, and from the last Welsh Princes to the crucible of the Industrial Revolution.

Set your gaze westward and join them in the magical atmosphere of Blackfriars Priory to hear the compelling story of England's ancient past explored in West: Tales of the Lost Lands.

This year's Gloucester History Festival, which gets underway on Saturday, September 2, features a number of famous names, including former Prime Minister Theresa May who will discuss trust, injustice and the abuse of power by politicians and public institutions.

Other festival highlights this year include veteran BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen, former Foreign Secretary David Owen, A House Through Time presenter David Olusoga, Countdown lexicographer Susie Dent, broadcaster James Naughtie, Doctor Who & Casualty actor Paterson Joseph, and Tudor historian & TV presenter Tracy Borman.

The Blackfriars Talks in Gloucester's iconic medieval Blackfriars Priory are the centrepiece of the two week festival which features 150 events in the heart of the city running from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 17th September 2023.

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