2015 marks 800 years since the Magna Carta was agreed between King John and his barons, so enshrining the rule of law in English society and limiting authoritarian power.
Trowbridge, home to one of the 25 barons elected to enforce Magna Carta, will be hosting an entertaining event at the Civic Centre on 25th April 2015, with a full day of informative seminars by some of the country’s leading historians.
25th April 2015 Civic Centre Trowbridge
King John and the Road to Magna Carta – Sean McGlynn
Sean McGlynn is a regular contributor to History Today, BBC History, English Historical Review, History and other journals. He lectures in History at The Open University and the University of Plymouth at Strode College where he teaches a module on King John. He has published widely on King John and is academic advisor to Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta 800 projects, writing the cathedral’s official Magna Carta guide. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Life in King John’s England – Martyn Whittock
Martyn Whittock specialises in local history and has written numerous textbooks for the educational market. He has been a consultant for the BBC, English Heritage and the National Trust and has written for Medieval History and archaeological journals. He teaches locally.
Writing Historical Fiction Set in the Era of Magna Carta – Dr Cath Hanley
Dr Cath Hanley originally comes from Perth in West Australia and went to school in St Augustine’s in Trowbridge. She is a writer and researcher specialising in the Central Middle Ages. She writes historical fiction under the name of C B Hanley. Her successful series of novels is set in the Magna Carta period.
The Greatest Knight: William Marshal and Chivalry – Dr Matt Bennett
Dr Matt Bennett is a leading authority on medieval warfare and chivalry, on which he has written many learned articles and edited a number of authoritative reference works. He retired as Senior Lecturer at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 2014.
King John’s Women – Dr Elena Woodacre
Dr Elena Woodacre is an American academic who lectures in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester, specialising in medieval and early modern queenship. She gained her PhD at Bath Spa University.
A Magna Carta Baron: Henry de Bohun – Andy Milroy
Andy Milroy is a published author, his primary medieval research has been studies of the Trowbridge baron Henry de Bohun and the de Bohun family which will be published in 2015.
Trowbridge Castle – Ken Rogers
Ken Rogers is a former Wiltshire County Archivist who has written widely on Trowbridge’s local history and on the town’s castle. His knowledge is based on a life time of research.
Tickets are priced at £10 and will include a buffet lunch
Tickets are available online at www.trowbridgecivic.co.uk or call 01225 765072
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