FRIDAY 2nd December at 6pm
Mutiny on the Bounty:What really happened?
BIRKBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, MAIN BUILDING, MALET ST, ROOM 131 (entrance on Torrington Square)
With an interesting family background related to the Mutiny on the Bounty story, Peter Fitzwilliams unravels some of the issues that have intrigued historians, writers and film makers. Through his research he has uncovered many interesting details of the voyage.
He believes the basis that the mutiny was partly caused by the clash of temperament between two men who had been close friends, William Bligh, 34, the ship’s captain and the master’s mate Fletcher Christian, 23.
Additionally Peter will discuss:
- How close were Bligh and Christian?
- Who should be blamed for the mutiny itself and why?
- How important was class in this saga?
- How was the journey linked to slavery?
Peter is also interested in explaining how Bounty midshipman Peter Heywood, in clearing his name of mutiny, created a defence for himself which acted as a lens on our view of the Bounty story setting the scene as Bligh as a tyrant.
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