Trigger Warning: The following episode discusses political assassination. Also a quick mention, this wasn’t the episode I had in mind for the second of my ‘From the Vaults’ episodes for the break. I recorded both Carrington Event and The Bagradas Dragon with strained vocal cords (it shows in Carrington, and showed a little more on Bagradas). I have had this week’s episode recorded since I bought the Rodecaster recording console, and wasn’t sure when I’d look to release it - it was just recording practice. I’ll redo Bagradas and look to throw it in the mix on the next mini break.
Spencer Percival was Prime Minister of Britain in interesting times. During his run, the formerly ‘Mad’ King George (III) went ‘mad’ again. A costly war with Napoleon was chewing through cash, and more importantly, lives. Percival’s reputation had also been marred by the disastrous Walcheran Expedition.
All the same, on May 11th 1812, he was full of all the joys of the season as he walked to work on a hot summer’s day. Sadly, he had not counted on John Bellingham.
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