King Athelstan

The Nicholas Orme Lecture in Medieval History 2012

On Wednesday 14th March 2012, Michael Wood will give a talk on ‘King Athelstan: The Maker of England?’, 5.15pm-6.30pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Queen’s Building.

In this lecture Michael Wood looks at the reign of Athelstan, the grandson of Alfred the Great, who came to the throne of Wessex in 925 and later became the first ruler of a unified English kingdom.

As well as being a brilliant military commander, Athelstan was a legal reformer whose new laws forever changed the way crime was dealt with in England.  The lecture will cover new discoveries and some intriguing speculations concerning Athelstan’s reign.

Simon Barton, Professor of Medieval History at the University, said, “This event is a part of our regular seminar series and is a real chance to put medieval history on the map by drawing in a wider audience”.

The Exeter Centre for Medieval Studies was established in 1998 in order to encourage regular academic contact between medievalists in the University and elsewhere, to promote interdisciplinary approaches to the medieval period and to act as a forum for postgraduate teaching and research.  Staff expertise covers a wide range of disciplines, including Archaeology, History, Islamic  Studies, Law, Music, Theology and the literatures of England, France, Germany, Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.

The Nicholas Orme Lecture is open to all, advanced booking is not required.  For more information, please contact Professor Simon Barton:

Date: 20 February 2012

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