The Beckford Birthday Lecture.
Charlie Courtenay, Earl of Devon, will discuss the intimate relationship between William Beckford and William, 3rd Viscount Courtenay. William Courtenay was discredited in Charlie’s youth as a flamboyant spendthrift, who fled England in disgrace pursued by creditors – never to return. Recent research has revealed a much more complex man, of considerable ability and achievement, who deserves fame for much more than his scandalous liaison with William Beckford that precipitated the downfall of both men. In this discussion, Charlie will challenge the popular wisdom of the Beckford-Courtenay relationship, and offer insights from recent research into the influences that shaped the uncommon destinies of both men.
At the Museum of Bath Architecture. Lecture time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Doors open at 6pm.
Tickets £15. Tickets MUST be booked in advance; either purchase them via the blue button above or contact Courtney to reserve one on the door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 460705.
All proceeds will go towards the Beckford’s Tower restoration project.
Charles Courtenay, the Earl of Devon, lives with his wife, AJ (nee Langer), and their two children at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, Devon. Powderham has been the Courtenay family home since 1390, and Charlie and AJ run the Castle as a heritage business, sustainably managing the ancient land and buildings for social benefit, and hosting all manner of visitors throughout the year. See www.powderham.co.uk
Charlie is an English Barrister and a California attorney; between 2003 and 2014 he lived in AJ’s home town of Los Angeles, California, where she plied her trade as a television actress and he became an Intellectual Property and Technology litigator for Latham & Watkins. Since returning with his family to England in 2014, Charlie succeeded his father to the ancient Earldom of Devon, moved his practice to the city law firm of Michelmores LLP, and recently took a seat in the House of Lords as a cross-bench hereditary peer.
Credit: Andrew Crowley