Lecture to shine light on Lincolnshire’s ‘beastly’ past

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History buffs can look forward to the next in a series of fascinating lectures as part of the Battles and Dynasties exhibition in Lincoln.

Lectures featuring insights from experts have been organised by the Historic Lincoln Trust.

The series began in July with a feature on Domesday, which is currently on display at Lincoln Castle. 

On Tuesday, August 8, people will be able to see ‘Brute and Beastly Shire: the Lincolnshire risings of 1470 and 1536’ by Dr Nicholas Bennett.

For almost a quarter of a century, Dr Bennett was librarian and archivist to Lincoln Cathedral. He will talk about the little known, but extremely important, Lincolnshire risings of 1470 and 1536, the latter of which led Henry VIII to castigate Lincoln as one of the most “Brute and Beastly” shires in his kingdom.

The lecture will take place in the Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral.

The series will end on Thursday, August 24 with ‘The Abdication’ by Hugo Vickers. A royal biographer, lecturer, broadcaster and foremost expert on the history of the Royal Family. Hugo has spent almost half a century studying, and writing about, the events leading up to, and following, the Abdication Crisis of 1936. He will be speaking at The Collection.

Mary Powell from the Historic Lincoln Trust, said: “The lectures are designed to give people a deeper understanding of the stories behind some of the artefacts on display at the Battles and Dynasties exhibition, such as Edward VIII’s letter of abdication and the correspondence of Henry VIII.

“They will cover some fascinating moments in history, which helped shape our country into the nation it is today.”

Lectures begin at 7pm. Tickets are available online here or from the Visitor Information Centre. Tickets for each lecture cost £5.

Battles and Dynasties is at The Collection in Lincoln until Sunday, September 3. It charts the succession of the monarchy and the battles fought to win and secure the crown over the last 900 years, including a host of nationally-significant artefacts and local treasures.

It has been brought together by Lincolnshire County Council and Lord Cormack in partnership with the Historic Lincoln Trust, The National Archives and the British Library.