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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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IMEMS/ Blackfriars 11th Public Lecture: 'Common Rights and Natural Resources: the 1217 Charter of the Forest in Historical Perspective'

29th April 2017, 11:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle, Dr Christian Liddy, Durham University

IMEMS has a long-standing relationship with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and we are pleased to announce our 11th public lecture on medieval food.

The event will begin at 11am and will be followed by a suitably medieval 3 course set lunch served communally.

We are pleased to be able to offer an early-bird concession rate of just £15 (usual price £25) to IMEMS members and friends whilst availability lasts.

This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book click here and enter the word STUDENT in the 'your basket' section when prompted. Places are limited and this is a very popular event so book now to avoid disappointment.

If you have food allergies, you will need to contact the restaurant directly before booking:

It is the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest in 1217. From 1217, reissues of Magna Carta were accompanied by the Forest Charter. Up to this point, the crown had enjoyed exclusive rights over large parts of England. The Forest Charter re-established wider access for hunting, grazing, and fuel. This lecture uses the Forest Charter as a starting point to think about conflicts over access to common land in a long historical perspective.

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