he Beckford Birthday Lecture
Charlie Courtenay, Earl of Devon, will discuss the intimate relationship between William Beckford and William, 3rd Viscount Courtenay. William Courtenay was discredited in Charlie’s youth as a flamboyant spendthrift, who fled England in disgrace pursued by creditors – never to return. Recent research has revealed a much more complex man, of considerable ability and achievement, who deserves fame for much more than his scandalous liaison with William Beckford that precipitated the downfall of both men. In this discussion, Charlie will challenge the popular wisdom of the Beckford-Courtenay relationship, and offer insights from recent research into the influences that shaped the uncommon destinies of both men.
All proceeds will go towards the Beckford’s Tower restoration project.