Who were the Mortimers?

Warlike, ambitious and powerful, the Mortimers bestrode the medieval stage. Inextricably linked with the great events of their time, their story is the tale of a turbulent England racked with dissension, rebellion and open warfare at home and abroad. To read more about this amazing family click here

Forthcoming Events

Events organised by MHS are in red.

14th & 15th September 2018 - Members Visit to London - [all places taken]
Mortimer-Related Sites in London & The National Archives
Members make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation in London. On Friday 14th we will have the services of a guide in London and on the Saturday morning we will be enjoying a tour of the National Archives and inspecting Mortimer-related manuscripts.

Saturday 6th October 2018 - MHS Autumn Symposium
A varied and informal day of talks in Ludlow

This should prove a most interesting day in very comfortable surroundings. Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Sarah Hainsworth of Aston University is an eminent engineer and applied scientist. She was one of a group of experts who applied modern forensic techniques to the newly-discovered bones of Richard III. Her talk is entitled "Discovering how Richard III died";
Best-selling author Anne O'Brien's subject is Elizabeth Mortimer, Shakespeare's 'Kate', whose rebellious husband Hotspur was killed at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403;
Twice a prizewinner in the MHS Essay Competition, Ethan Gould will be speaking on "Scottish Intrigue and Interference in Wales: 1315-1327";
Dr David Simpkin is the author of "The English Aristocracy at War". He will be speaking about the Welsh wars of Edward I in which Roger Mortimer played such an important part until his death in 1282.
Full details and booking arrangements soon.

Saturday 10th November 2018 - Study Morning
Castles in the Welsh Marches: trouble and strife in the Middle Ages
Dr John Kenyon, eminent writer on castles will speak on native Welsh castles
Will Davies of CADW will speak on early castles in mid-Wales.
Bill Zajac of CADW will talk on Anglo-Norman stone castles in the central Marches
10.00-13.00 at Grange Court, Leominster - more information and booking details later

Saturday 16th March 2019 - AGM
10.00-13.00 at Richard's Castle - more information and booking details later

Saturday 18th May 2019 - Spring Conference
The Mortimers of Wigmore from 1054 to 1330
To be held at Leominster Priory, Herefordshire.
Speakers include
Dr Ian Mortimer who will speak on the early Mortimers
Dr Emma Cavell's subject is "Mortimer women of the 12th 13th centuries"
Dr Andrew Spencer will speak on Roger Mortimer (d.1282) while Dr Paul Dryburgh will talk about his grandson, Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March who was executed in 1330.
Best-selling author Kathryn Warner's subject will be "Edward II, Hugh Despenser and Roger Mortimer".

Saturday 29th June 2019 - Joint Conference with the Richard III Society
The Mortimer Inheritance of the Yorkist Kings
To be helf in Ludlow Assembly Rooms and St Laurence's Church
The speakers include Prof. Chris Given-Wilson, Dr Joanna Laynesmith, Dr Ian Mortimer, Dr Paul Dryburgh, Matthew Lewis and Sara Hanna-Black.