by J. T. Frankland from the Cathedral Church of St. Columb, Londonderry
The cathedral church of St. Columb, from which tonight's organ recital by J. T. Frankland will be broadcast, is described by Lynn Doyle as historically the most interesting church in Ireland. Its history is inseparable from that of Derry and it is replete with relics and memorials of Derry's famous siege. Built in 1633, it is a plain Gothic structure, and its fine spire, rebuilt in 1802, commands a particularly attractive view of the walled city and the lovely country beyond-the winding Foyle, the distant Lough, and the Innishowen headland.
In the cathedral yard is the apprentice boys' mound in which are the ashes of Derry's dead defenders, a monument to a tragic page of her history. Another relic of special interest in the vestibule is the bombshell which was thrown into the city during the siege, containing General Hamilton's proposed terms of capitulation. It was this message that evoked the famous answer, ' No Surrender ', now the city's motto.
' If, instead of the expedition of Egypt, I had made that of Ireland, what would England have been today, and the Continent, and the political world ? ' (Napoleon)
Napoleon made the above-quoted statement towards the end of his career.
In his talk tonight, which is the second of the series 'If....', Lord Elton will take this hypothesis and develop it. There is no doubt that the whole course of modern European history would have been vastly different had Napoleon turned westwards instead of eastwards, and Lord Elton's imaginary history on this hypothetical basis should be stimulating and provocative. The effect of the supposition, indeed, would have been far more devastating than that cited by Dr. Montgomery Hyde in the first of the series. Listeners will recall that he discussed the probable trend of events had Castlereagh chosen some career other than diplomacy.
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