For me, the real star of the show was Sarah, the wife of the Duke, who Prof Holmes spoke at length about throughout the talk. Sarah was obviously a fiery, feisty headstrong woman and clearly the Duke’s rock during his life – she sounded like an amazing character.
The audience – presumably avid historians and readers of Prof Holmes recent book were appreciative, attentive and asked relevant questions at the end of the talk. My only criticism is that, in these days of us being well aware that we encourage our children to not try to revise for more than 20 minutes at a time as the human brain cannot concentrate solely on anything for more than this timespan, it was a bit of a drag having to listen to a solo talk with no props (e.g. lighting, photos, music) to break up the monotony, no matter how competent and passionate the speaker.