Northamptonshire and the Wars of the Roses (New for 2016)
Northamptonshire played a key part in the story of the Wars of the Roses. It was the birthplace of a king and a queen, as well as the site for two key battles. Our talk looks at the people, places and events that helped shape England.
Fotheringhay – Home of the House of York* (New for 2016)
The now sleepy village of Fotheringhay in the north of Northamptonshire has witnessed many important events in its history. This highly illustrated talk examines its past, its famous inhabitants and what remains of its past that can be seen today.
Medieval Northampton: A centre for learning; a centre for religion (new for 2016)
This talk focuses on Northampton as a centre for religion with its eight churches and two abbeys, numerous priories and hospitals, plus its importance as a studium (fledgling university) predating Cambridge and why it disappeared.
The Battle of Northampton 1460*
The battle of Northampton was the first major engagement in the Wars of the Roses. This talks looks at the battle and where it took place
The Battle of Northampton 1264*
The 1264 battle of Northampton was the first battle in what is now known as the Second Baron’s War between Henry III and Simon de Montfort. This talk tells the story of the battle and explains why Northampton did not have a University for another 700 years.
The Battle of Edgecote 1469*
Fought near Banbury, this battle was the beginning of Warwick’s rebellion during the Wars of the Roses. It was not only where he earned his reputation as the ‘Kingmaker’ but also saw the deaths of most of the Welsh nobility.
King John’s scythe - Falkes De Breauté, Sheriff of Northampton
De Breauté was one of King John’s favourites and was probably the model for Robin Hood’s evil Sherriff of Nottingham. This talk looks at his rise and fall.
King John, the Barons, and Northamptonshire
Northampton and its county was one of King John’s favourites. He stayed at the castle many times. As a consequence, the county became frequently embroiled in events, including being central to the sealing of the Magna Carta as well as the war that followed.
Throughout the middle ages, Northampton was one of the most important towns in England. This talk looks at its story.
The Campaign of Naseby 1645*
The battle of Naseby was probably the most important battle in English history after Hastings and resulted in the birth of democracy as we know it today. This talk looks why such an important battle takes in the middle of quiet Northamptonshire countryside and how the battle itself unfolded.
The Northamptonshire Regiment
The Northamptonshire Regiment had in its long illustrious history a number of important firsts and lasts from being the first regiment to set foot in America to the last regiment to carry colours into battle. This talk looks at their story from beginnings to the start of the 20th Century.
The Lollards in Northamptonshire
This talk looks at the Lollards, the first ‘protestants’ in England, and who they were during the reigns of Richard II and Henry IV. It also looks at their rebellions and close associations to Northamptonshire including John Oldcastle, Shakespeare’s Falstaff.
A little bit of Scotland
Long before people from Scotland settled in Corby, Northamptonshire had close connections with the Scottish Kings through the early earls of Northampton and Huntingdon. This talk looks at their story.
Treason, Gunpowder and plot
During the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, many of the Northamptonshire gentry were at the centre of a number of Catholic conspiracies culminating in the infamous Gunpowder Plot led by Robert Catesby from Ashby St. Ledgers in Northamptonshire. This talk looks at the story of the Northants recusants, the Jesuit priests they hid, and how they came close to blowing up a king and Parliament.
John of Gaunt - Architect of the Wars of the Roses (New for 2016) Gaunt was a younger son of King Edward III overshadowed by his brothers the Black Prince and Lionel but soon became the most powerful man in England. Unable to claim the throne for himself, he ensures that his son Henry usurps the throne from the rightful king, Richard II.This talk looks at the man and the real "Game of Thrones"
The Moldwarpe and the Mummet. (New for 2016/17)
This talk can either be a second part to the above or in its own right and looks at the rebellions during the reigns of Henry IV and Henry V, including those involving the Second Duke of York to put a Mortimer on the throne of England and asks was this period the real start of the Wars of the Roses?
Overmighty Subjects. (New for 2017/2018)
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 Percies, Nevilles and Woodvilles, Courtneys and Bonvilles, Berkleys and Lisles. Including the real 'red wedding', the Siege of Taunton and the Battle of Nibley Green.
Whats in a name? (New for 2016/17)
This talk looks at the use of propaganda during the Wars of the Roses and in particular the demonising of rebels by giving them 'joke' names (eg. Jack Cade or Perkin Warbeck) and the names rebels give themselves.
Law and Order in Medieval England (New for 2016/17)
This talks looks at the development, use and misuse of the law in the middle ages from trial by ordeal to appropriate punishments with real examples of crimes recorded during the period.
Religion in medieval England (New for 2016)
This illustrated talk looks at the medieval English church, the various religious orders, the abbeys and its importance to medieval society.
Heath and Hygiene in Medieval England (New for 2016/17)
This talk illustrated with contemporary images examines the theories of illness that combined religion, astrology and ancient Greek and Roman texts. It also looks at the treatments and cures for illness and injury including herbs and magic
Life and death in Plantagenet England
This talk looks at late medieval English society, the importance of religion in their everyday lives and gives an insight into how they thought, lived and died.
Introduction to the Wars of the Roses
We look at the story of the Wars of the Roses from beginning to end.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Lord of the North
This talk looks at the life of Richard III before he became king from his birth at Fotheringhay to his close associations with the north of England.
The Battle of Bosworth 1485*
This talk looks at the story of the Battle of Bosworth, the death of King Richard III and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty.
Richard III – Laid bare
Looks at the story of Richard III and asks the question does he live up to Shakespeare’s image of him?
The Magna Carta and the First Barons War
2015 was the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. This talk looks at the events that led to the sealing of this important document that limited of the power of the king and was the beginning of civil liberties in England and beyond. It also looks at the war that followed and when, for a short while, a French Prince sat on the throne of England.
A Brief Introduction to the English Civil War
This talk looks at the story of the English Civil war with reference to events, people and places in Northamptonshire.
The Knights Tale
The story of the medieval knight. Who were they? What were their beliefs and their social structure? This talk also examines the development of their armour, weapons and warfare.
Late medieval warfare
Looks at armour, weapons, and tactics as well as recruitment, logistics etc. at the time of the Wars of the Roses.
Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales
This talk is an introduction to the life and world of Geoffrey Chaucer and his most famous yet unfinished work - The Canterbury Tales.
The medieval pilgrim
Introduces the world of the medieval pilgrim, what they wore, why and where they went.
Symbols of War: Medieval Heraldry, Badges and Banners
An introduction to medieval heraldry and its uses on the battlefield.
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