Speakers for 2023

Meetings commence at 2.00 pm and finish at 4.00 pm and are held on the third Saturday of the month at Turramurra Uniting Church, 10 Turramurra Ave, Turramurra. 

1st July - 7am (AEST) - Zoom chat with Annie Garthwaite - Cecily Neville. RSVP to: plantagenetaustralia@outlook.com  or 0466 649 644 to attend  

15th July - Judy King - Significant women of the 13th century

16th Sept - Stephen Szabo (Heraldic Society) - The Heraldry of Some Plantagenet Descendants

11th Nov (2nd Saturday of month) - video presentation - Annie Garthwaite (UK historical author) - Cecily Neville (at Turramurra Uniting Church)

We will continue to update this website and will make decisions regarding future meetings on a month to month basis. 

Previous Events

2023 Speakers

21st January - David Wilson - The Battle of Crécy

18th March -  Prof. Carol Cusack - Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago

25th March7am - Zoom chat with Philippa  Langley, heroine of The Lost King movie. RSVP to: plantagenetaustralia@outlook.com  or 0466 649 644 to attend  

20th May - video presentation of Zoom meeting with Philippa Langley (at Turramurra Uniting Church) and quiz

2022 Speakers

15th January - Zoom meeting at 2.00pm. UK author Elizabeth Chadwick chats with Isolde Martyn & Felicity Pulman and members of the society.
19th March - Harvey Broadbent  - Origins of the Ottoman Empire

21st May - Prof. Fred Watson - Alchemy in the Middle Ages

16th July - Isolde Martyn - Poison, Politics and Witchcraft: the mysterious death of Shakespeare's patron

17th September - Judy King - The 13th century: a Global Perspective!

19th November - Cindy Broadbent - The sixteenth-century Imperial Harem of the Ottoman Sultans in Istanbul

2021 Speakers

March 20 - The society’s 21st Birthday celebrations - medieval musical group ‘Pastance'

May 15 - Tony McCurdy - Joan of Arc at Turramurra Uniting Church

November 20 - Judith Bonzol - Cunning Folk: popular medicine and magic in the medieval period. To be held via Zoom

2020 Speakers

January 18 - Prof Fred Watson - "Astronomy in the Middle Ages"

March to November meetings cancelled

2019 Speakers

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 - Judy King - "Alfred the Great"

November 16 - Dr Penny Nash (Sydney University) - "Empresses, Queens and Countesses: Power, Wealth, and the Struggle for Survival”

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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