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.

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

This should prove a most interesting and inexpensive day in very comfortable surroundings.

  • Discovering how Richard III died: Modern Forensic Analysis of  a 500-year-old King - by Prof. Sarah Hainsworth of Aston University
  • Fishing in Troubled Waters: Scottish Intrigue and Interference in Wales, 1315-1327 - by Ethan Gould
  • The Mortimer Retinue for War 1277-1422: A traditional Marcher Affinity in changing times ? - by Dr David Simpkin
  • Elizabeth Mortimer in Fact & Fiction - by best-selling author Anne O'Brien
  • Bastardy & Dynasty: Thomas Mortimer and the Survival of the Earls of March in the late 14th century - by Sara Hanna-Black
  • The Traitor's Arms - Decoding a Medieval Mystery - by Posy Hill

10.00 - 16.15  Ludlow Methodist Church. Members £13, non-members £16; lunch not included.
For full details and booking CLICK HERE

Saturday 10th November 2018 - Study Morning
Castles in the Welsh Marches: trouble and strife in the Middle Ages

  • Earth & Timber Castles in mid-Wales and the central Marches  - by Will Davies of CADW
  • Anglo-Norman Castles in the central Marches - by Bill Zajac of CADW
  • Castles of the Welsh Princes - by Dr John R. Kenyon

10.00-13.00 at Grange Court, Leominster. Members £9, non-members £13 - for more information and booking CLICK HERE

Saturday 16th February 2019
The Wigmore Chronicle and other Chronicles

10.00-13.00 in College Hall, Hereford Cathedral - more information and booking details later

Saturday 16th March 2019
The Medieval Castle and Borough of Richards Castle

10.00 AGM - open to all
11.00 Talk by Philip Hume, Secretary of MHS
at Richards Castle Village Hall. Members free, non-members £5. More 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 held 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.

Date TBA September 2019 - Study Visit
Wigmore Castle and Wigmore Abbey

Saturday 5th October 2019 - Joint Conference with the Friends of Ludlow Museum
The Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll
To be held in Ludlow