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Women’s History Month -Nicholaa de la Haye; the heroine of Lincoln Castle
17 March 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us, and Sharon Bennett Connolly, for this interesting online talk.
Nicholaa de la Haye; the heroine of Lincoln Castle will be held online on 17th March 2022.
Sharon Bennett Connolly talks about the remarkable career of Nicholaa de la Haye, the hereditary castellan of Lincoln Castle. Nicholaa came into prominence in the reigns of Richard I and King John. A staunch supporter of John, Nicholaa held Lincoln Castle throughout the Magna Carta Crisis and the subsequent First Barons’ War.
In 1217, Nicholaa defended the castle against a combined force of English rebel barons and their French allies; had the French and rebel army won Lincoln, it would have given them impetus to continue the war, rather than sue for peace. If it wasn’t for Nicholaa, we may have had a King Louis on the English throne!
Nicholaa was also the first female sheriff to be appointed in her own right, in England.
Nicholaa is an enigma: a woman loyal to the detested King John, despite everyone else turning against him. What made her so loyal – and what made her such a formidable opponent of experienced, hardened soldiers?
Tickets: Members £6 / Non-members £8.