TV presenter and historian Dan Snow to give talk on the bloody Battle of Sedgemoor

PUBLISHED: 20:00 02 February 2018

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A high-profile television presenter and historian will give a fascinating insight into a brutal battle fought in Sedgemoor next month.

Dan Snow will be at St Mary’s Church in St Mary Street, Bridgwater, on February 28 as part of The Nelson Trust Lecture Series.

He will lead audiences through the Battle of Sedgemoor, a clash which took place on the morning of July 6, 1685 during the Monmouth Rebellion.

The Duke of Monmouth’s rebel army became cornered in Bridgwater by Lord Feversham’s royalists.

In a desperate attempt to turn around his flailing fortunes, the Duke launches a surprise late-night attack across Sedgemoor’s marshes.

But the royals discovered the plan before it was put into action, and when the rebels were unable to locate the access point to the enemy camp in the darkness they became easy pickings.

When morning broke the royalists carried out a joint cavalry and infantry attack to completely wipe out the remnants of the rebel force.

Dan Snow’s talk will help raise money for The Nelson Trust which supports women recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.

A spokesman for the trust said: “You will have the opportunity to meet Dan and The Nelson Trust team at the reception at 6pm where you can enjoy a drink and canapes.

“Help us launch our Somerset fundraising events series and make a difference to vulnerable women in our community.”

Dan Snow presented his first TV show in 2002, co-hosting the BBC’s 60th anniversary special on about the Battles Of El Alamein with his father Peter.

He has gone on to present numerous popular documentaries including Battlefield Britain, Operation Grand Canyon and 20th Century Battlefields.

Dan also hosts a regular history slot on the BBC’s weekday evening favourite The One Show while his podcast, Dan Snow’s History Hit, is also very popular.

As well as presenting, Dan has released the successful Timeline WW2 app and written a selection of books based on various historical periods.

The event will run from 6-9pm.

Tickets, priced £20, are available from melissa.atherton@nelsontrust.com or 01453 732074.

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