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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Magna Carta: The View from Durham

2nd July 2015, 18:00, Palace Green Library Learning Centre, Professor Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia)

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

This lecture is being held in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. The event is ticketed at £10.00 per person to include the lecture, a drinks reception and entry to the exhibition. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book click here.

Nicholas Vincent is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, having previously held posts at Cambridge, Oxford, Canterbury, Paris and Poitiers. He is the author of a dozen books and more than 100 academic articles, and is generally recognised as one of the world's leading experts on Magna Carta.

Abstract: Durham boasts one of the finest collections of Magna Carta manuscripts to survive anywhere in the world. It has originals of the Magna Cartas issued in 1216, 1225 and 1300, and of the Forest Charters of 1217, 1225 and 1300. The Durham 1216 Magna Carta is the only original of this issue to survive. But why did Durham first attract and then retain so rich a haul of manuscripts? What role did Durham or its bishops play in the event of 1215, in the subsequent civil war, or in the survival of Magna Carta as an essential guarantee of English legal custom? In this, Magna Carta's 800th anniversary years, it is appropriate to celebrate both Magna Carta itself and those institutions, Durham included, that have played so significant a role in Magna Carta's history.



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