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Marc Morris

Marc Morris

The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginning of England 

Time and Date: Saturday 30 April, 15:00 - 16:00

Ticket price: £10 in person/ £9 online

Location: Powell Pg09: CT1 1QU

Biographical note

Marc Morris is an historian and broadcaster, specialising in the Middle Ages. He is the author of The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginning of England (Hutchinson, 2021), King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta (Hutchinson 2015), The Norman Conquest (Windmill, 2013) and A Great and Terrible King (Windmill, 2009). In 2003 Marc presented the highly acclaimed TV series Castle for Channel 4 and wrote its accompanying book (now published in paperback by Hutchinson). He has also contributed to other history programmes on radio and television. An expert on medieval monarchy and aristocracy, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Marc has written numerous articles for History Today, BBC History Magazine and Heritage Today (now published together as an e-book, Kings and Castles). 

Event details

In the early fifth century Britain was a former Roman province, descending rapidly into ruin. But by the early eleventh century it was dominated by a newly forged kingdom called ‘England’ – a country of shires, sheriffs, bishops and boroughs, with boundaries much the same as they are today. That transformation was caused by the Anglo-Saxons. The story of their tumultuous journey, from warlords to kings, from paganism to Christianity, and from a galaxy of competing peoples to a single, unified nation, is the subject of this talk. 

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King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta

Paperback, 07/01/2016, £10.99
The brilliantly compelling new biography of the treacherous and tyrannical King John, published to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. John's rejection of the charter led to civil war and foreign invasion, bringing his life to a disastrous close.

Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain

Paperback, 05/03/2009, £9.99
Edward I is familiar to millions as 'Longshanks', conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace ('Braveheart'). Edward was born to rule England, but believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. His reign was one of the most dramatic of the entire Middle Ages. This title presents the biography of this truly formidable king.

Castle: A History of the Buildings That Shaped Medieval Britain

Paperback, 03/05/2012, £10.99
Beginning with their introduction in the eleventh century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the seventeenth, the author explores many of the country's most famous castles, as well as some spectacular lesser-known examples.

Norman Conquest

Hardback, 07/03/2013, £10.99
An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. It is an invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought. This book explains why the Norman Conquest was the single most important event in English history.
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