Was the small child captured by King George l in a German forest just feral or did he suffer from a debilitating condition?
08 September 2017
That's the mystery being tackled by Royal historian and author Catherine Curzon as she recounts one of the strangest tales of Georgian times at Stamford's Georgian Festival (21-24 September).
Her talk, 'The Curious Tale of Peter the Wild Boy' on Sunday 24 September, tells the true story of how the King's hunting party captured the child in 1725, and brought him to England.
The little boy became a novelty at court and for years entertained and amused the royals. There was much fanciful speculation that he had been raised by wolves - or perhaps bears - and this was perhaps why he was said to have eaten with his hands, disliked wearing clothes and could not be taught to speak.
Catherine Curzon, part of a celebrity list of speakers for this month's Stamford Georgian Festival, writes on all matters 18th century at www.madamegilflurt.com.
She said: “I can't wait to visit Stamford with my Georgian tales and, of course, to introduce An Evening with Jane Austen. The long 18th century was a vibrant time in our history and I'm really looking forward to seeing it brought so vividly back to life this autumn!"
The Curious Tale of Peter The Wild Boy. 2pm. Stamford Arts Centre Theatre £4.50.
Book tickets online >> or from Stamford Arts Centre. 01780 763203
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