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Power, Place and People

Tutor:Dr John Hunt, BA, PhD, FSA, FRHistS, PGCE.


This day school will explore selected aspects of the often complex and symbolic relationship between power, place and people, generally encapsulated by buildings, landscapes and how they were used. Drawing on examples from the medieval western midlands and beyond, our discussion will range across secular and ecclesiastical power; and address family, individual and ‘corporate’ contexts.


The principal focus of the day will be twofold. Firstly, through case studies of the earls of Warwick and the barons of Stafford in particular, the factors affecting the rise and fall of aristocratic families and the role of ‘place’ will be examined. Secondly, the role of ‘place’ in the expression of ecclesiastical power will also be investigated, taking both monastic and episcopal examples, particularly Worcester and Lichfield in the case of the latter. Finally, the manifestation of urban corporate or civic power will be encountered in passing.

10.00AM - 2.300PM

Hatton Village Hall

The World of the Troubadours and the Cathars: Occitan Society at the time of Crusade and Inquisition


Tutor:Dr John Hunt, BA, PhD, FSA, FRHistS, PGCE.


This day school will explore aspects of Occitan history, culture and society between the 11th and early 14th centuries.  Themes discussed will include the nature of Occitan society and its engagement with the early Crusades, but particular attention will be given to the Cathars, the Albigensian Crusade, and the events that gave rise to it, one of the most intriguing or infamous episodes in European history, rivalling even the Templars for the mysticism that modern generations have invested in the happenings of these times. Perhaps less widely known is the importance of these events in the growth of the French kingdom. We will also consider the work of the Inquisition, particularly through the records of Jacques Fournier’s campaign against the remaining Cathar heretics between 1318 and 1325.

10.00AM - 4.00PM

Hatton Village Hall

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