Speakers for 2019

Meetings commence at 2.00 pm and finish at 4.00 pm and are held on the third Saturday of the month in the Meeting Room, Hornsby Library, 28 - 44 George St, Hornsby. All welcome.

January 19
Debate - York v Lancaster - who would you vote for? Come and join in the fun as the Plantagenet History Society  indulge in a lively debate of the Wars of the Roses.  The Hon John P. Bryson, Q.C. and Bob Guntrip will speak for Lancaster, while Rachel Allerton and Isolde Martyn will speak for York.
March 16

Professor Carole Cusack - "The Crusades"

May 18

Anthony McCurdy - "The Golden Age of Islam"

July 20

Dr. Diana Jefferies (Western Sydney University) - Margery Kempe (c 1373 - c 1440) was an English religious mystic whose autobiography is one of the earliest in English literature.  The Book of Margery Kempe, a work considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language, chronicles her domestic tribulations, her extensive pilgrimages to holy sites in Europe and the Holy Land, as well as her mystical conversations with God.

September 21

Professor Fred Watson - "Astronomy & Science in the Middle Ages"

November 16

Dr Penny Nash (Sydney University) - "Empresses, Queens and Countesses: Power, Wealth, and the Struggle for Survival”

Previous Events

2018 Speakers

January 20 - Discussion - "A Romp through Life in the Middle Ages"

March 17 - Professor Carole Cusack - "Death, Famine, War & Conquest: The Black Death, The Hundred Years' War, & Popular Revolt in the Calamitous 14th Century"

May 19 - Rachel Allerton - "Matilda of Flanders & Isabelle of Angoulême"

July 21 - Anthony McCurdy - "Medieval Heroines in History & Legend"

September 15 - Associate-Professor David Scott-Macnab - "Hunting in the Middle Ages - The Real and the Imagined"

November 17 - Richard Halcombe - "Arms & Armour of the Common Soldier". Medieval Archery Society

2017 Speakers

21 January - discussion - "Hanged, Drawn and Quartered - crime & punishment in the Middle Ages"

18 March - Anthony McCurdy - "The Misunderstood Middle Ages"

20 May - Sybil Jack - "Medieval Towns"

15 July - John Bryson - "The Beaufort Legitimation"

16 September - Judy King - "William Marshal - The Greatest Knight"

18 November - Susan Shaw - "Life in Medieval York"

2016 Speakers

16 January - discussion - "Here Be Dragons - Myths and Legends"

19 March - Carole Cusack - "Material Remains - Plantagenet Corpses"

21 May - Jonathon Wooding - "Arthurian Sites in Western Britain"

16 July - Maggie Patton - "Maps of the Ancient & Medieval World"

17 September - John McDermott - "Robert the Bruce"

19 November - Susan Shaw - "Medieval York - Part 1"

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