Medieval conference to uncover secrets of Lincoln’s famous bishop

Medieval Lincoln

Lincoln will play host to some of the UK’s most esteemed historians, as they gather for the city’s celebrated annual medieval conference.

‘New Perspectives: Religious Life in Medieval Lincolnshire’ will be hosted by the Lincoln Record Society and will take place at the Lincoln Cathedral Centre on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 2013.

The annual conference provides the opportunity to join international historians as they celebrate the medieval heritage of the city and its monuments. This year, the University of Lincoln’s Dr Philippa Hoskin will take centre stage as one of the key note speakers.

Dr Hoskin, Programme Leader for MA Medieval Studies and Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities at the University of Lincoln, will reveal a new perspective on “Robert Grosseteste and the Dangerous Clerks”, as she opens the second day of the conference.

Dr Hoskin has led ground-breaking new research into the famous Lincoln bishop, which will be presented at the conference for the first time. She will describe new findings about Robert Grosseteste’s attitudes to the education and qualifications of his clergy, and unveil the truth behind his time as head of the Lincoln Diocese. Her talk will bring fresh evidence to light, and suggest that his current reputation may not be entirely correct.

Dr Hoskin said: “I’m delighted to be a part of this conference here in Lincoln. ‘New Perspectives: Religious Life in Medieval Lincolnshire’ will showcase the enormous amount of important scholarly work being done on the religious history of medieval Lincolnshire at the moment.”

She will be joined at the conference by Sara Mederos, a graduate student also from the University of Lincoln’s School of Humanities, who will deliver a public talk entitled “Untying the Knot: Canon Law and the Marriage of Christina of Markyate”.

Lincoln’s famous medieval legacy and rich historical resources attract academic minds from across the country, and this year visitors to the conference will enjoy the expertise of academics from the universities of Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Cardiff, York and Keele.

New Perspectives: Religious Life in Medieval Lincolnshire will take place on 12th – 13th April 2013 from 9am. Attendance at the conference costs £10, or £8 for members of the Lincoln Record Society. For more information and to book your place, please contact conference organisers Alan Kissane or Marianne Wilson.

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