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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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‘Between Subjects and Citizens: the Commons of England, c. 1300-1550’

24th June 2015, 18:00, Palace Green Library Learning Centre, Dr John Watts (Oxford)

followed by a drinks reception at the Cafe, Palace Green Library.

This event is part of the "From Subjects to Citizens? 800 Years of Citizen Politics" Seminar Series in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book click here.

John Watts is Professor of Later Medieval History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has written widely on the politics and political culture of England and Europe in the later middle ages. He is currently working on a book for the New Oxford History of England series, entitled Renaissance England, 1461-1547.

Abstract: The political, social and cultural conditions of later medieval England fostered a situation in which ordinary people could have remarkable political agency. Popular risings in 1381 and 1450 transformed the political landscape, and – partly through the key notion of ‘the commons’ – a varied cast of artisans, labourers, husbandmen and tenant farmers affected trends in religion and literature as well as political and social life. My lecture will explore the rise, the fall and the implications of this historic state of affairs.

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