Event: LUCY WARD | THE EMPRESS AND THE ENGLISH DOCTOR
Organizer: CAMBRIDGE LITERARY FESTIVAL
Speakers: Lucy Ward, Jonathan Kelvin Ball
Tickets: £7 (concessions may apply)
Date: Jun 5th 11:30pm UK Time. Equivalent times:
Americas - PT: Jun 5th 3:30pm | ET: Jun 5th 6:30pm.
Europe - UK: Jun 5th 11:30pm | CET: Jun 6th 12:30am.
APAC - CST/HKT/SGT: Jun 6th 6:30am | AET: Jun 6th 8:30am.
Description from Cambridge Literary Festival:
"Part of the Cambridge Spring 2022 Literature Festival, Fri 27 May - 05 Jun. Watch anytime.
Lucy Ward and virologist Professor Jonathan Ball discuss The Empress and the English Doctor – the thrilling and timely story of Catherine the Great’s inoculation against smallpox by a Quaker physician from Essex.
In 1768 physician Thomas Dimsdale was summoned to St Petersburg to protect Catherine and her son against the deadly virus – it was to be the forerunner of vaccination. Dimsdale returned to England to fight for free inoculation for the poor. Lucy Ward’s account explores themes of Enlightenment ideals, female leadership and the fight to promote reason over superstition. Jonathan Ball, professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, will offer a contemporary counterpoint, reflecting on the book’s resonances in the Covid pandemic. "
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND CREDITS
Cambridge Literary Festival
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