Events organised by the Mortimer History Society are in red
Saturday 25th April Battle of Mortimers Cross Day
Edward, son of Richard, Duke of York, left Ludlow in February 1461 and engaged and beat a Lancastrian force at Mortimer's Cross in Herefordshire. He then went on to London where he was proclaimed king as Edward IV. Organised by the Battlefields Trust this day includes presentations and guided tours of the battlefield site. For more details click here
Saturday 16th May 2015 SPRING CONFERENCE
Law and Order in Early Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta
Sunday 17th May 2015 Visit to the Magna Carta Exhibition in Hereford Cathedral
This year our conference is being held at the Hereford Academy. Our speakers include David Carpenter, Professor of Medieval History at King's College, London, Professor Daniel Power and Matthew Stevens of Swansea University and the historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The Greatest Knight on William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke (died 1219). We have organised special access to the Magna Carta exhibition on the following afternoon. For full details and online booking click here
Thursday 21st May 2015 King John - Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta
Marc Morris will be speaking on this subject in the Methodist church, Broad St, Ludlow starting at 7.00pm. Tickets £5 on the door. Marc is an excellent speaker and writer and he'll be signing his new book with the same title.
Saturday 6th June 2015 The Fatal Quarrel - Simon de Montfort and Roger Mortimer
This year is the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham where Simon de Montfort met a bloody end. John Grove, founder of MHS will be speaking on this subject at the Leominster Festival. He will trace the events leading to the battle and look at the reasons for the fatal quarrel which ended in Roger sending Simon's head as a trophy to his wife in Wigmore Castle. The talk takes place at 7.30pm in the John Abel room at Grange Court in Leominster. See http://www.leominster-festival.co.uk/portfolio#166
Friday 12th June 2015 The Mortimers of Wigmore: twelve generations of violent revolt (and even more violent loyalty) 1075-1425
Our President, Dr Ian Mortimer, will be speaking on this theme at the AsparaWriting Festival in Evesham, an event specifically designed for aspiring writers. For more details and booking go to http://asparawritingfestival.co.uk/ian-mortimer
Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th June 2015 Leominster Medieval Pageant
Organised by MHS Member, David Fenemore, this is a free event running over the two days. It is based around the site of the medieval monastery, by the priory church and begins with a procession at 10am on Saturday which starts at the Grange. The pageant will feature a living history encampment, displays and demonstrations, skirmishes, medieval dance and music and a medieval-style market.
Saturday 20th June 2015 Visit to Dolforwyn Castle with Paul Remfry
The extensive remains of Dolforwyn Castle are situated close to the River Severn, north-east of Newtown. The castle was built between 1273 and 1277 by the Welsh prince, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, as a defence against incursions into mid-Wales by the English. It was captured by Roger Mortimer (died 1282) in 1277 and remained in the hands of the Mortimers for some time. Rather than develop the site, however, Roger chose a more suitable place nearby and in 1279 he founded a new town at........Newtown. Guided by castles expert, Paul Remfry. There is a charge of £5 for this field trip. For full details Click Here
August 1st-14th 2015 Celebration of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham 1265
Roger Mortimer (died 1282) is said to have been personally responsible for killing Simon de Montfort in the battle and to have sent Simon's head to Wigmore Castle for his wife to see. A fortnight of events at Evesham include key speeches by Professor David Carpenter and Dr David Cox, both patrons of the Simon de Montfort Society.
Monday 10th August 2015 Katherine Ashe speaking on Simon de Montfort at Evesham
As part of the 750th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Evesham in 1265, MHS is joining with the Simon de Montfort Society to host an evening at the Evesham Hotel. We're delighted that American author and MHS member, Katherine Ashe is returning to the UK. The author of a 4-volume fictionalised biography of Simon de Montfort, Katherine was an inspiring speaker at our Spring conference in 2012. This event starts at 7.30 with a buffet meal before Katherine's talk. The venue is the Evesham Hotel in Coopers Lane off Waterside, Evesham WR11 1DA. Waterside runs between the two bridges in Evesham on the opposite side from the town centre. The cost is £18 and tickets are only available to members of the two societies. Numbers for this event are restricted. MHS members should send a cheque made out to the Mortimer History Society to Jason O'Keefe, 151 Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7JR
Saturday 26th September 2015 Art Workshop at Kilpeck
This event will focus on the work of the 12th century Herefordshire School of Sculpture. It will be held at Kilpeck village hall, close to Kilpeck church, Herefordshire, that contains some of the finest examples of their work. For more information click here