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Date and time
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
Address
Grosvenor Museum
Grosvenor Road
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2DD
United Kingdom

About the Event

Courtly Societies of the Middle Ages

Taking inspiration from Norbert Elias’ study of the ‘court society’ of Louis XIV at Versailles, this series of lectures will consider the power of the court in the Middle Ages. Through three case studies, we will investigate the size, composition, locations, environments, and material culture of medieval courts to see how ‘court societies’ were fostered..

Wednesday 16th October 2019  :  The Northumbrian Court, c. 600-750

Tom Pickles
From about 600 onwards, the Old English speakers north of the river Humber were united into a new Northumbrian people with their own kings. This lecture will use Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, completed around 731, and the excavated royal vill at Yeavering, Northumberland, to bring that courtly society to life.

Wednesday  23rd October2019  :  The English Court, c. 900-1066

Tom Pickles
From about 900 onwards the first kingdom of the English was forged, stretching from Channel to Tees, and aspiring to rule territories up to the Firth of Forth. This lecture will use the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Latin histories, royal charters (land grants), and Old English poetry to throw light on the kings of the English and their courtly society.

Wednesday 30th October 2019  :  The Burgundian Court c. 1363-1477

Katherine Wilson
From 1384 onwards the Valois dukes of Burgundy expanded their authority into the Low Countries to create the wealthiest and most powerful state in western Europe. In the process, they almost transformed themselves from dukes into kings. This lecture will use ducal histories, accounts, inventories, surviving residences, and visual images to analyze the largest and most admired court in later medieval Europe.

Autumn Series 2019 

Wednesdays 1.00pm - 2.00pm (Admission from 12.30pm)

£3.00 per lecture or £6.00, in advance, for the full seriesPay on the door or send cheque/postal order (payable to 'University of Chester')  to  Lunchtime Lectures, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ. 

Enquiries:

Tel: 01244 512160   Email:  history.archaeology@chester.ac.uk

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Address

Grosvenor Museum
Grosvenor Road
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2DD
United Kingdom