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The Material Culture of the Norman Conquest of the North

Lectures
Date
13 Nov 2018
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
Tempest Anderson Hall
Speaker
Dr Aleksandra McClain, University of York

Event Information

The Material Culture of the Norman Conquest of the North

Dr Aleksandra McClain, University of York

The Norman Conquest is arguably the most famous event in medieval English history, but apart from castles, the material dimensions of the Conquest have rarely formed a part of our common understanding of the period. However, new scholarship is starting to uncover some of the distinctive material signatures of the coming of the Normans to England, and also the areas of life where continuity was seen as valuable or even necessary. This talk will explore the material culture of the 11th and 12th centuries in northern England, where the story of the Conquest has traditionally been about one-sided Norman imposition, highlighted particularly by the Harrying of the North. It will emphasize the potential of material culture to introduce more complex and nuanced narratives to the story of the Normans in the North, and the importance of taking archaeological evidence into account in order to fully understand why the Conquest happened as it did.

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