Lecture: Why the Barons came to St Albans in 1213

at Zoom

Speaker: Dr Peter Burley

Peter will explore what made St Albans an attractive venue for the Barons who met here in 1213 to plan the Magna Carta. He will sketch in the background to King John’s reign and then look at the medieval town, its facilities, legal status and (substantial) defences ending with a virtual walk round them.

Peter read Modern History at the University of York and then did research at University College London. He had work published in several media at the bicentenary of the French Revolution in 1989 but then switched his attention to the Wars of the Roses – partly because he lives on the battlefield of the Second Battle of St Albans (1461). He is Vice-President of SAHAAS.

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