Rebellion and Warfare in the Marches 1066-1154
Prof. Matthew Strickland - University of Glasgow

DATE Tuesday 11th July 2017

GrangeCourtGrange Court
TIME   6.30 for 7.00


Grange Court, Leominster

Members £5, non-members £6
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PARKING  Grange Court is on the east side of the green area next to the Priory. The nearest car park is off Etnam Street (HR6 8AE). From there walk over the green area in the direction of the Priory. Grange Court is over on the right. It can also be accessed from the Broad Street car park which is on the way into town from the north.(HR6 8BS)

 march Soon after the successful invasion of England in 1066, William the Conqueror had established the great border earldoms of Chester, Shrewsbury and Hereford, together with their dependent lordships, in order both to defend the marches and to act as bases for aggressive conquest at the expense of the Welsh. Paradoxically, however, the military power and independence enjoyed by these lords in order to fulfil this role might also pose a grave threat to the king if they chose to take up arms in the series of rebellions which disturbed both the reign of the Conqueror and his sons William Rufus and Henry I. This talk will examine what role the marchers played in the great rebellions such as those of 1075, 1088 and 1102, the significance of castles and the nature of the warfare involved. It will also examine the role in these major insurrections of the Mortimers themselves, who sometimes can be found acting in support of the king but sometimes were active opponents.

Professor Matthew Strickland is one of the UK’s leading historians of medieval Britain with a particular interest in:
§ chivalric society and the conduct of war from the eleventh to the thirteenth century

§ castles, fortifications and medieval warfare

§ political culture, kingship and rebellion in the Anglo-Norman and Angevin realms

He is currently engaged in a study of the nature of aristocratic rebellion in England and Normandy from the Norman Conquest to the later thirteenth century, examining its justification, the methods by which it was prosecuted, and its suppression and punishment. He has recently published a new study of Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 (Yale University Press, 2016), the eldest surviving son of Henry II, who was crowned king in the lifetime of his father, and whose short but turbulent career affords an important case study of kingship, rebellion and warfare in the later twelfth century.


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