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Lincoln in the 13th Century

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A talk by Professor Louise Wilkinson - member ticket


Lincoln was by far the largest urban settlement in the county by the beginning of the thirteenth century, with a population of around 7,000 people. Nationally, it was an important commercial and regional capital, that ranked fourth behind London, York and Norwich in the size of the financial levies demanded of it by the crown. The city was famous for its wool trade and was home to an impressive cloth industry. Local affairs were governed by an impressive civic administration, with a mayor, a city council of twenty-four citizens and a common seal. The city skyscape, then as now, was dominated by an important royal castle and a beautiful cathedral, which underwent major phases of rebuilding that transformed it into one of the finest gothic cathedrals in Europe.

Lincoln also prospered from its location at the heart of a particularly large diocese (bishop's see), and the Taxatio ecclesiastica of Pope Nicholas IV recorded more than 50 religious foundations that held land in the city by 1291. In this online talk, Professor Louise Wilkinson will look at the story of this remarkable city in the thirteenth century, a city with which she first fell in love while studying it for her doctorate in the late 1990s.

Date: Thursday 24th June

Time: 7pm, for a 1 hour, online, talk with 30 mins Q&A

Tickets: HTL Members benefit from a reduced ticket price of £5, Non-members pay £7.

This is the second of 2 talks that Professor Louise Wilkinson, Professor of Medieval Studies, School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln, will be giving.

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