17th May 2014   2014 Spring Conference - Britain & Ireland 1200-1500: Conquest and Colonisation
Dr Brendan Smith - The Mortimer family and medieval Ireland
Dr Colin Veach - The Lacys and the conquest of Ireland
Dr Beth Hartland - Geoffrey de Geneville: one man, two kings, three countries
Dr Jessica Lutkin - England's Immigrants 1330-1550       full details

18th May 2014  Informal Visit to Wigmore Castle
After the conference, join us for a group visit to Wigmore Castle. Meet at Wigmore church at 11.30am. Wigmore is on the A4110, 10 miles north-west of Leominster.

21st June 2014    Writers' Study Day - Using History for Fact or Fiction
Bring out your creative side! Join historical biographer Ina Taylor and historical novelist, and MHS member, Fran Norton in a day that should appeal to published writers and those keen to start. Get tips on how to research, develop and take an idea through to publication. Participate in a range of writing activities and share your experiences. more details

Pembridge 1BA group of MHS members studying a medieval house in Pembridge see report

The Mortimers and the Marches

Warlike, ambitious and powerful, the Mortimers bestrode the medieval stage. Inextricably linked with the great events of their time, their story is the tale of a turbulent England racked with dissension, rebellion and open warfare at home and abroad. Following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror they came from Normandy and established their power base on the border between England and Wales. As Earls of March they played a major part in the story of England. Although the main male line died out in 1425, it was a direct descendant of the Mortimers who became King Edward IV in 1461.

As the Normans moved into Wales they established control of much of southern and eastern parts of the country pushing the native Welsh ever further north and west. The Welsh March controlled by the Normans extended from Chester in the north, through Shropshire, and Herefordshire to Chepstow in Monmouthshire, then across South Wales to Pembrokeshire. It was an area over which Norman lords and Welsh princes fought for control and the English king exercised no authority.

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