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My lecture at the University of Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares last 27 October

I’m happy to say that my lecture at the University of Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares last 27 October 2018 went very well. About 150 people came, including several friends. I spoke first about the political songs of the war in Spain from 1808 to 1814 (the period which is anachronistically usually known as the “Guerra de la Independencia”), then about their extremely interesting sources in manuscripts in London, Lisbon and elsewhere. Then I moved on to the political situation in which those songs were sung: their status as “fake news” and the circumstances in which they were sung. Then the choir of the Universidad de Alcalá sang some of the songs with tremendous energy and musicality. I’m happy to say that the applause was loud and that it went on for a very long time. Whether people just liked me, or whether they were firmly agreeing with the political ideas, I don’t know . . .

Brian Jeffery

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