Alex Von Tunzelmann

Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues that Made History

Wigtown Parish Church
Mon 26 Sep
13:30 UK

History is not erased when statues are pulled down. If anything, it is made. Whether it’s hurling Edward Colston’s statue into Bristol harbour, covering Robert E Lee in graffiti in Virginia, beheading Christopher Columbus in Massachusetts, or setting fire to King Leopold II in Antwerp, the past few years has seen a rush to topple statues and what they stand for. With wit, intelligence and a knack for puncturing pomposity, Alex Von Tunzelmann chooses twelve case studies to explain how statues function as a form of historical storytelling, why they were put up in the first place, the stories they were intended to tell, the symbolism they came to embody and the manner and consequences of their removal.

About the Author

Alex von Tunzelmann is a historian and screenwriter, and author of books including Blood and Sand, Reel History and Indian Summer. Her screenplays include Churchill and Medici and Masters of Florence. Fallen Idols was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2022 and was an Economist and a New Statesman Best Book of 2021.

Copies of Alex Von Tunzelmann's book Fallen Idols can be found here.

Filed in: history, non fiction