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TELEVISION presenter Dan Snow is to appear at this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

TELEVISION presenter Dan Snow is to appear at this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

He will be discussing Battle Castle, his Discovery Channel series about the military engineering behind the most formidable strongholds in the medieval world.

His father, the veteran broadcaster Peter Snow, will be speaking at the festival on the same day about the 1814 British invasion of Washington. Both have previously appeared at the event.

Snow jnr said: “I’m thrilled to be discussing Battle Castle at Henley this year as the audience is always full of history lovers.” Philippa Langley and Michael Jones will be there to discuss their forthcoming book The King’s Grave about the search that culminated in Richard III’s remains being found under a Leicester car park.

Sir Max Hastings is also returning to talk about the beginnings of the First World War and journalist Stephen Cooper will chart the conflict through its impact on the players of Rosslyn Park Rugby Club.

Chatham House senior fellow Charles Emmerson and novelist Dominic Prince join forces to look back a century to 1913, the year before Europe went to war.

The Victorian era will be the focus of both BBC historian Ruth Goodman and Daily Mail columnist Simon Heffer as they each make their festival debuts while Richard Davenport-Hines will mark the 50th anniversary of the Profumo scandal with a talk drawn from his entertaining and informative book An English Affair.

The festival, which is sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wines, will take place from September 30 to October 6. For more information, visit www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

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