“It’s 1814 and the tyrant Napoleon is in exile. It’s an opportunity to lay the foundations for a new European order. So nations, large and small, victors and vanquished, gather in Vienna in an unprecedented display of pan-European cooperation, what could possibly go wrong? ”

Chris’ talk will cover the highs and lows of a turbulent 12 months in European history. He’ll introduce a broad cast of characters: monarchs, diplomats, courtiers, and a young fellow called Dermot, just enlisted in the Army of Britain…. all on their separate paths to glory, on the road to Waterloo.