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“Harlaxton changed my life.”

Gordon Kingsley

Former Harlaxton President and British Studies Lecturer

When did you attend Harlaxton?

I was principal and a lecturer in British Studies at Harlaxton from January 2003 until July 2014.

Did you have any unique experiences during your time at Harlaxton?

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Oh, yes, from giving the Armistice Day lecture in British Studies ("On the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, the guns fell silent all across Europe. No longer would..."); to hosting His Imperial and Royal Highness Markus Habsburg (full name Emanuel Salvator Franziskus de Paula Stanislaus Gregorius Joseph Florian Maria Joseph Hubert Ignatius von Habsburg-Lothringen), to traveling much of England and Europe, to celebrating the Harlaxton Family Thanksgiving and the Harlaxton Family Christmas with our students in that magnificent 150-room manor house (but who's counting) and going caroling in Harlaxton village, to taking students over to Belvoir Castle five miles away for private time with the Duchess of Rutland, to guiding our students on tours of London, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, etc. I have written up a bunch of these experiences in my little book called Blessed Harlaxton, My Home, now on Amazon.

Does Harlaxton still feel like a second home?

Yes, definitely, it is "Home"; and I have returned several times, planning to do so again.

Did your experience at Harlaxton have an impact on your future? Was it a life-changing experience?

Just as our students said it often, so in my own heart: "Harlaxton changed my life."

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