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Explore the Norman history of Bury St Edmunds

Tue, 13 Mar 2012

Leading academics will delve into the past of Bury St Edmunds later this month, in a series of public lectures organised by the University of East Anglia.

The university's School of History has arranged the three-day celebration of the Suffolk town in the time of the Norman Conquest.

The series of lectures, from March 25 - 27, will feature leading experts in medieval history.

On March 25, Prof Richard Sharpe, professor of diplomatic at the University of Oxford, will present a talk entitled 'Bury St Edmunds and the Kings of the English'. He will highlight the close relationship between the kings of the 11th and 12th centuries and St Edmund's Abbey.

The University of Oxford's Prof Sarah Foot will speak on March 26 about how Bury St Edmunds built up an archive of documents to defend its lands and titles, in 'The Abbey's Armoury of Charters'.

An evensong will be held on the series' final evening on March 27, incorporating a reconstruction of medieval music from the Abbey, by Dr Henry Parkes from Caius College, Cambridge, before the last lecture by Dr Antonia Gransden.

A well-known authority on the medieval history of the Abbey, Dr Gransden will share her thoughts and research findings on its fortunes in the 12th century.

Dr Tom Licence, a lecturer in medieval history at UEA, has organised the series. He said: "This set of public lectures celebrates academic interest in Anglo-Norman Bury St Edmunds, and its importance at the time of the Conquest.

"Drawing leading academics from Oxford and Cambridge, the series comes as the result of a friendly partnership between UEA and the Cathedral, our co-organisers."

The series takes place from March 25 - 27. The lecture on March 25 will be at 7pm; on March 26 at 6.30pm; and on March 27, the evensong begins at 5.30pm, followed by the final lecture at 6.30pm.

All events will be held in the nave of Bury St Edmunds cathedral. Entrance is free.