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Hidden in plain sight: The unexplored histories of the medieval north at the time of the Black Death

Hidden in plain sight: The unexplored histories of the medieval north at the time of the Black Death

Lecture by Sarah Rees Jones

Given by the University of York on 27 November 2020

Abstract: This talk will expose and explore some of the extensive medieval archives relating to the medieval north (and particularly to Yorkshire) which remain largely unpublished and unexplored. The impact of the Black Death from 1349 led to a remarkable increase in the creation and curation of written records documenting many aspects of daily life. So great is the volume of surviving material that, even now, these archives have not been completely explored.

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The talk will range across the surviving archives of city, county, state and church focussing on examples relating to local responses to the impact of the pandemic. After touching the tip of the iceberg of their potential for exploring northern history, the lecture will also touch on ways in which public access to these resources might be improved in the future.

Sarah Rees Jones is a Professor of Medieval History at the University of York, and has twice been Director of the university’s Centre for Medieval Studies. She is the author of York: The Making of a City, 1068-1350 (Oxford, 2013) and a co-author of the Historic Towns Atlas of the City of York (2015). Click here to view her university webpage.

Top Image: Photo by Stephen Bowler / Flickr

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