REPROACHING THE CLERGY: PERSECUTION, SCANDAL AND ACCUSATION IN THE LATE MIDDLE AGES
The medieval clergy faced a great deal of criticism to the extent that their piety and good works were often ignored. There were many scandals which were used against them by their enemies, while clerics deployed the deadly weapon of charges of heresy to counter-attack. Consequently this talk also examines the fourteenth century roots of non-conformity.
An illustrated talk by Carol Southworth
SATURDAY 6th APRIL
THE SURVIVAL OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER OF LONDON
An outline of contentions and new considerations raised in a reassessment of the disappearance of the Princes.
Illustrated talk by Matt Lewis
SATURDAY 4th MAY
This talk looks at the numerous rivalries and private wars before and at the beginning of the Wars of the Roses especially the Nevilles and Percys, Nevilles and Woodvilles, Courtneys and Bonvilles, Berkleys and Lisles, Including the real 'red wedding', the Siege of Taunton and the Battle of Nibley Green.
Illustrated talk by Mike Ingram, Chair of the Northampton Battlefield Society
** SATURDAY 1st JUNE - STUDY DAY **
WAR AND WELFARE IN LATE MEDIEVAL ENGLAND
Speakers: Prof Anne Curry, Dr Dan Spencer, Prof. Helen Nicholson and Kevin Goodman
FIELD VISIT : ST CADOC’S CHURCH, LLANCARFAN AND ST ILLTYD’S CHURCH, LLANTWIT MAJOR
St Cadoc’s church has a fine collection of late 15c wall paintings which include the “Seven Deadly Sins”, Saint George and the Dragon, and “Death and the Gallant”. The paintings are considered to be some of the very best examples of late-fifteenth century wall painting in Britain. After lunch at “The Fox and Hounds” we will make the short journey St Illtyd’s church, Llantwit Major, which has work from the 11th, 13th and 15th centuries. It is a Grade 1 listed building of exceptional interest and described as “the most beautiful church in Wales”. We will have guided tours at each location.
SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST
HEROES OF THE MARCH: WELSH POETRY AND THE BATTLE OF BOSWORTH
Recent research work into late-medieval Welsh poetry is revealing some original insights into Welshmen who fought at Bosworth.
Illustrated talk by Professor Helen Fulton, Professor of Medieval Literature, University of Bristol.
SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER
RICHARD III AND THE DUCHY OF LANCASTER
Illustrated talk by Dr Rosemary Horrox, Fellow of Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge, and a Director of Studies in the history department.
SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER
To be followed by a short presentation by Keith Stenner
BOSWORTH FIELD A BATTLE LOST IN 1483? A dialogue on the political background to the battle.
SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER
WALES AND THE WOODVILLES : WHAT RICHARD DUKE OF GLOUCESTER REALLY HAD TO FEAR
A talk by Steve David
SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER
Festive food and drink by way of an informal introduction to the Christmas season. [NOTE: Midday start]
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