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The Mortimer History Society Spring Conference 2014

IMG_1441Britain and Ireland 1200-1500:  Conquest and Colonisation

DATE: Saturday 17th May 2014
VENUE: Earl Mortimer College, South Street, Leominster HR6 8JJ UK
TICKETS: Members £20, Non-Members £25 including lunch and refreshments
BOOKING: Pre-booking is important for two reasons. If you turn up on the day we cannot guarantee there will be any lunch for you. You will also have to pay for parking at the college. Parking exemption stickers will be issued to those who book in advance.

To book places at the conference please follow this link.

NB Join us on Sunday 18th May for an informal visit to Wigmore Castle. Wigmore is on the A4110, 10 miles north-west of Leominster. Meet at the church at 11.00am.

09.15  Arrival and Registration
10.00  Welcome by Jason O’Keefe, Chairman of MHS
10.15  Morning Session   chaired by Dr Paul Dryburgh

Dr Brendan Smith (University of Bristol)
The Mortimer Family and Medieval Ireland

The Mortimers were not among the first wave of adventurers from Western England and Wales who participated in the conquest in Ireland around 1170. Nor were they like the de Lacys, their neighbours in the Welsh March, who received Irish estates thanks to the patronage of King Henry II. They first came by lands in Ireland in the middle of the thirteenth century, thanks to the laws of inheritance, and then added to them substantially by two advantageous marriages in the fourteenth century. It was love rather than war, in other words, that gave the Mortimers their Irish dimension, and it was in Ireland that the last three Mortimer earls of March and Ulster died between 1380 and 1425. The Irish component of the story of this most important of medieval English noble families is neglected, a state of affairs that this paper hopes in some small way to rectify.
Dr Smith researches and writes about English intervention in medieval Ireland, which began in 1170. He is interested in the colonial society which developed in Ireland in the centuries after the English arrived, the relationship between natives and newcomers, and that between colonists and the home country. He places the Irish experience in a ‘British Isles’ context which invites comparison with the experience of the Scots and Welsh, who also felt the force of English expansionism in the Middle Ages.

Dr Colin Veach (University of Hull)
The Lacys and the Conquest of Ireland

In 1172, King Henry II of England granted the ancient Irish kingdom of Meath to the Welsh Marcher lord, Hugh de Lacy. Already holding lands in England, Normandy and the Welsh March, this was a bold new adventure for the experienced soldier. Over the next century, the Lacy family and others like them served as a glue binding Ireland to the rest of the English king’s vast dominions. Their history shows the interconnectivity of the medieval British Isles, as well as the risks and rewards facing those engaged in transnational estate building.

Dr Veach’s research explores the political and social history of the British Isles in the high middle ages, placed in the broader context of Western Europe. His work seeks to refine our understanding of the nature of medieval society by exploring the patterns of lordship, patchworks of obligation and shifting social and cultural mores that existed in medieval Britain and Ireland. His monograph, Lordship in Four Realms: The Lacy Family, 1166-1241 (Manchester University Press, 2014), analyses how an aristocratic family adapted to the different socio-political and cultural settings of four distinct realms: England, Ireland, Wales and Normandy. He is a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Hull, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

12.45  Lunch

14.00  Afternoon Session  chaired by Dr Ian Mortimer

Dr Beth Hartland (Victoria County History)
The Geneville connection in France and Ireland

Beth Hartland began and completed her higher education at the University of Durham. She was awarded the best first class honours degree in Modern History in 1996, gained a distinction in her Masters in Medieval History the following year and was awarded her PhD in 2001 on English Rule in Ireland, c.1272-c.1315: Aspects of Royal and Aristocratic Lordship. Before joining the Henry III Fine Rolls Project in 2006, she was Senior Research Associate on the AHRC-funded English Landholding in Ireland c1200-c1360 at the University of Durham. Beth has taught medieval history at the University of Durham and King’s College London, and early modern history at the University of Sunderland, and is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society.

Dr Jessica Lutkin (University of York)
England’s Immigrants 1330-1550

England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 is a major research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is exploring the extensive archival evidence about the names, origins, occupations and households of a significant number of foreigners who chose to make their livelihoods in England in the era of the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses. The project will contribute to the longer-term history of immigration to England, and help to provide a deep historical and cultural context to contemporary debates over ethnicity, multiculturalism and national identity. This session will introduce the project and cover Irish immigration to Britain in the early period and to the Marches in particular. The project is a collaboration between the University of York, The National Archives and the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.


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