Visit The Magna Carta Project website for more on Magna Carta and King John.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

David Carpenter unveils Bury St Edmunds sculpture

The Magna Carta Project's David Carpenter was recently called upon to help unveil a sculpture in Bury St Edmunds.'Our Liberty' commemorates the role of the town in the events surrounding Magna Carta - according to the chronicler Roger of Wendover, a group of discontented barons met at the abbey in the autumn of 1214 and sworn to unite in resistance to King John. You can read a translation of Wendover's account, together with a commentary by the MCP's Nicholas Vincent, on the Magna Carta Project site. For a vindication of Wendover's account, see David Carpenter's book Magna Carta (2015), pp. 290-95. You can read more about the Bury sculpture via the Magna Carta Trust.
David helps to unveil the sculpture in Bury
David with the mayor of Bury, Margaret Charlesworth, and other dignitaries

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Revealing Records VII

We're pleased to be spreading the news about the latest Revealing Records conference - a KCL institution for PhD students working in medieval history. See below for the call for papers.

Now in its seventh year, the Revealing Records conference series brings together postgraduate researchers working with a wide range of sources from across the medieval world to share challenges and approaches through the presentation of their research. This year marks the first year of Revealing Records as a combined effort of King’s College London and University College London History Departments, and will feature keynote papers from Dr Sergei Bogatyrev (UCL) and Dr Rory Naismith (KCL).
We encourage applications from students working with a wide variety of records - from the written word to objects, buildings and more. Papers that employ an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon palaeography, archaeology or other related disciplines are particularly welcome.
Abstracts (300 words max.) are welcome from students wishing to present a 20-minute paper.
Students should provide a CV, paper title & synopsis.
Please send abstracts to: by 19 February 2016