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Join our live masterclass on Wednesday 14th June at 10pm to find out more about the vibrant history of medieval Lincoln in the thirteenth century.

Hosted by Louise Wilkinson, Professor of Medieval Studies, our Masterclass will provide an insight into a momentous period of history, including the first and second Barons’ War, the signing of the Magna Carta, and the Battle of Lincoln. The Masterclass will also provide an introduction to opportunities to study medieval history at Lincoln, within our BA (Hons) History and MA History programmes.

During the masterclass, Louise will discuss her extensive research into this period, setting the scene for life in a bustling, cosmopolitan and multicultural medieval city. Lincoln was home to one of Western Europe's earliest gothic cathedrals, which dominated the skyline alongside Lincoln Castle, providing a potent symbol of royal power.

The thirteenth century was a turbulent time for the city, as it occupied a place at the heart of the war between King John and the rebel barons who championed Magna Carta, the great charter of liberties issued at Runnymede in 1215. Nichola de la Haye, the female castellan, fiercely defended Lincoln Castle against the rebels who occupied the city. It was to Nicola's aid that the royal army, led by England's greatest knight William Marshal, raced in May 1217. Culminating in the Battle of Lincoln, one of the most important battles ever fought on English soil in the Middle Ages.

Louise Wilkinson is professor of medieval studies at the University of Lincoln. She is a writer, university teacher and broadcaster who is passionate about medieval life and culture, especially thirteenth-century English politics, government and society. She was a co-investigator of the AHRC-funded Magna Carta Project and Henry III Fine Rolls Project, and played a role in Magna Carta's international 800th anniversary celebrations in 2015. She has published numerous books and articles on medieval women, aristocratic culture, and medieval records. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4's internationally acclaimed radio series, In Our Time, three times, speaking about the Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign, the 1217 Battle of Lincoln and the Second Barons' War of King Henry III's reign, and featured in Melvyn Bragg's radio series on Magna Carta in 2015. In 2023, she was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in recognition of her research into medieval women.
  • When: London
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Price: Free
  • Language: English
  • Who can attend? Anyone with the event link can attend
  • Dial-in available? (listen only): Not available.