Barbara Yorke, Professor Emeritus, University of Winchester We are delighted to welcome Professor Yorke, an internationally recognised expert on Anglo Saxon
We are delighted to welcome Professor Yorke, an internationally recognised expert on Anglo Saxon history, to give a richly illustrated lecture. She states:
After its foundation in the late ninth-century by King Alfred for his daughter Æthelgifu, Shaftesbury nunnery remained closely linked with the royal house for the rest of the Anglo-Saxon period. Most subsequent Anglo-Saxon kings and some queens endowed it with gifts of land so that by the time of Domesday Book it was among the wealthiest religious communities in the country. It had two royal saints: Ælfgifu, the first wife of King Edmund (939-46) and her grandson King Edward the Martyr (975-78). It was at Shaftesbury that King Cnut died in 1035.
This illustrated lecture will consider the circumstances which brought some of the most significant figures of the Anglo-Saxon period to Shaftesbury, and how royal nunneries like Shaftesbury were involved in much more than the care of souls on behalf of their royal patrons.
Tickets £12 FoSA £10
(Wednesday) 7:30 pm
13 Bell Street Shaftesbury SP7 8AR