Trigger Warning: The following episode discusses political assassination.
Also a quick note: this wasn’t the episode I had in mind for the second of my ‘From the Vaults’ episodes this break. I recorded both Carrington Event and The Bagradas Dragon with strained vocal cords (it shows in Carrington, and much more on Bagradas). I have had this week’s episode recorded since I bought the Rodecaster recording console. It was originally planned as a reserve episode. I’ll come back to The Bagradas Dragon.
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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