Lecture: Adrian IV - the only English pope in the history of the church

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church and on Zoom

Speaker: R.A.J. Waddingham

Using evidence from chronicles and medieval manuscripts this talk explores the story of Nicholas Breakspear’s remarkable journey through twelfth-century Europe.  His achievements outshone his contemporary, the martyr Thomas Becket.  Born in poverty and probably illegitimate, Breakspear rose to become the only Englishman to ascend the throne of St Peter, ruling over the Papal States as Adrian IV.

Adrian Waddingham worked as a consulting actuary in Liverpool, Malaysia and London, and was voted ‘Pension Personality of the Year’ in 2010, much to the amusement of his family.  He was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services in pensions. Adrian is an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway College, University of London and served as a City of London Sheriff in the Old Bailey 2013 to 2014.  Breakspear: the English Pope is his first book.

This event will be available in person at Marlborough Road Methodist Church and will be live-streamed via Zoom. To register, please visit our Eventbrite page. Attendance is free to members; £5 for non-members, paid at registration.

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