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Celebrating Algarve History

David Johnson, a regular member of the audience at history talks given by Peter Booker, will be outlining the way in which the Algarve region was brought under Roman rule after the second Punic war during his own history talks on September 21 and 24.

He will be presenting examples of the nature of life during the Roman “Golden Age” in the late first and second centuries CE and illustrating the talk with photographs he has taken during visits to sites in Portugal and south western Spain.

The first talk on the Romans in Southern Iberia is to take place on September 21 at 6.30pm in the Convento São José in Lagoa, costing two Euros per person.

The second talk on September 24 will be given at the municipal library in Tavira and is free to attend.

Peter Kingdon Booker will be taking the reins once again on September 27 during a talk followed by a dinner at the Pousada do Palácio de Estoí in celebration of the bicentenary of the Battle of Bucaço.

Two hundred years ago, Viscount Wellington and his Anglo-Portuguese army made a stand against the invading French at the ridge in the forest of Bucaço.

It was here that Wellington perplexed his followers by retiring further and further towards Lisbon and drew the French towards the lines of Torres Vedras.

Although the French army escaped complete destruction, there was no doubt that their evacuation of Portugal was a direct result of a superior strategy and Peter Kingdon Booker will be looking at the part that the battle had in this while also explaining why the battle should be celebrated, and how it attributed to the developing military alliance between Britain and Portugal.

Admission to the talk, including the dinner at the palace costs 50 Euros per person.

For further information about the talks or to book a place at the bicentenary meal, please email [email protected]