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A Scottish Duo: Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie Part II: Bonnie Prince Charlie - Boca Raton
Graciously underwritten by Margot Levin

Ralph Nurnberger
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Join Dr. Ralph Nurnberger as he examines the Scottish Duo in a special two-part series. Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie are among the most iconic heroes in Scotland, remaining popular and revered figures in Scottish history even though neither ever achieved their objective, namely, to be the monarch in Britain.

Charles Edward Stuart (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”) was Mary Queen of Scots’ great-great-grandson. He spent his life claiming the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland, calling himself “Charles III.” His invasion of England led to his defeat at Culloden, the
last pitched battle ever on British soil. After his overwhelming defeat, Bonnie Prince Charlie hid in the moors of the Highlands of Scotland, always barely ahead of the English forces. Many Highlanders aided him during his escape, and none of them betrayed him for the £30,000 reward. Although his forces were defeated by the British, he remains a “romanticized” hero in Scotland.

About the Instructor

  • Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. He taught history and international relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as executive director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a senior partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College, his master's degree from Columbia University, and his doctoral degree from Georgetown University.