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Medieval Canterbury Weekend 2021


Medieval Canterbury Weekend 2021

Having gone online on Teams this year, the sixth History Weekend (2020 had to be cancelled) was again extremely successful, attracting an international audience – from northern France to the United States.  

The Weekend comprised eleven lectures and two films, the latter offering a sense of ‘being in Canterbury’ at the Cathedral Library and the city’s Buttermarket. All the events came under four strands: ‘Royalty and Conflict’, ‘Manuscripts and Religion’, ‘Minorities’ and ‘Social History’. Check out Paul Bennett’s film on ‘Early Tudor Canterbury’.

As well as inviting back eminent historians such as Glenn Richardson, Amy Blakeway and Keith McLay, our audiences were treated to fantastic talks by Alec Ryrie and Pamela King, and enjoyed equally brilliant lectures by our international stars, Lena Orlin and Matthew Johnson. 

The new theme of ‘Minorities’ gave audiences Onyeka Nubia’s fascinating insights into the presence of black people in early modern England and contemporary responses to them, while Kenneth Austin similarly offered a thought-provoking assessment of the return of Jews to Cromwellian England.  
As always there is a more detailed report on the Centre blog’s and please also see the Souvenir Brochure, in addition to the twitter feeds. For throughout the two days Diane Heath, who was also a co-producer, and others were frequently tweeting to highlight the many great moments, some individual tweets viewed over 3,000 times

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