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Was a Slovak ever the king of Madagascar?

26th February 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Moric Benovsky was an 18th century adventurer born in Vrbové in what is now Slovakia where he is considered a national hero, as well as in Hungary and Poland.

In his Memoirs (published posthumously in 1790 in London) he claims to have been elected king of Madagascar. A street in the capital is still named after him.

A Slovak society (Zdruzenie Morica Benovskeho) is dedicated to his memory. It has produced a film (with English subtitles) about this enigmatic figure which will be screened as the first part of the evening. We are grateful for their contribution.

This will be followed by a discussion led by Andrew Drummond who became so intrigued by this mysterious character that he has written a biography about Benovsky.  The Intriguing Life and Ignominious Death of Maurice Benyovszky was published by Routledge in 2017. He has kindly agreed to travel from Edinburgh to be with us.

Free admission but registration is essential via Eventbrite link below or to


26th February 2020
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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British Czech and Slovak Association


Slovak Embassy
25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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