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Prof Mark Ormrod

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Speaker:  Professor Mark Ormrod, University of York, U.K.

Topic: “Talking Politics in Medieval England: News, Views, Secrets, and Lies, 1215-1485”

Dates: Sept 26, 27 and 28, 2016

Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Great Hall (Somerville House room 3326)

Monday, Sept 26th: “Talking Politics: Kingship, the Community of the Realm and the Common Profit”

Tuesday, Sept 27th: “Outlaws, Rebels and Heretics: Imagining Solutions to England's Ills”

Wednesday, Sept 28th: “Scandal and Rumour: Subversive Politics and Civil War”

These lectures will focus on the ‘political culture’ – that is, the ideas, words, personalities and principles that underpinned public life – to illuminate the dimensions, discourses and substantive issues represented in English politics in the age of Magna Carta, the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, and the Wars of the Roses. Rumour and rabble-rousing played a role as much as parliamentary language to engage English inhabitants in both a serious and sensational way in politics.  Learn about:

About our 2016 Speaker

Mark Ormrod is Professor of History and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of York. Among many publications, he is the author of Edward III (Yale University Press, 2011) and Political Life in England, 1300-1450 (St Martin’s Press, 1995) and is a co-editor of The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England (Boydell Press, 2004). He has written extensively on the government, politics and political culture of later medieval England, including articles in Chaucer Review, Economic History Review, English Historical Review, Medium Aevum, Parliamentary History and Speculum. He has held grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.  He is currently working on an edition of Common Petitions in the English Parliament, 1270-1400, and a new project on the political role of the Archbishops of York in the fourteenth century.

About the Joanne Goodman Lecture Series

Presented by the Department of History and University Students' Council

Every autumn a distinguished historian is invited to the University of Western Ontario to deliver three public lectures on consecutive afternoons to students, faculty and members of the London community. The lecture series was established in 1975 by the Honourable Edwin A. Goodman and his family of Toronto to perpetuate the memory of their beloved elder daughter, a second year History student who died in a highway accident in April of that year. Since 1976 the series has been jointly sponsored by the Department of History and the University Students' Council.

The theme of the series is the history of the Atlantic Triangle (Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom). The first lectures were given in 1976 by the leading Canadian military historian, Colonel Charles Stacey, on 'Mackenzie King and the Atlantic Triangle'. Occasionally there have been lectures outside the general framework. In 1995, for example, the topic was 'The Birth of the "New" South Africa', tracing the collapse of apartheid and the construction of a new political and social system since 1990, by Rodney Davenport, a South African historian and opponent of apartheid.

The endowment also supports publication so that these important lectures may be shared by a readership well beyond the immediate audience at the University of Western Ontario. Most of the lectures have been published as books, either in a form similar to lectures or as part of a larger work. The lectures are widely recognized as being the most important history lecture series in Canada. The invitation to deliver them and the publications that result are highly regarded in this country and around the world.

Past Speakers

To see a list of our past Goodman Lecturers, click here. Many of the lectures are also available as books, please click here for a list.

In The News

(Sept 20, 2012) Western News - "Goodman Lectures create a legacy from tragedy" [ Read Article ]


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