Merton Priory – The First 100 Years

Merton Priory Trust are hosting a study afternoon on Saturday 23rd July, devoted to the first 100 years of the Priory’s history. It will take place in the remains of the Priory’s Chapter House beneath Merantun Way, and there is free parking for 4 hours in the Sainsbury/M&S car park which adjoins the site.

Study afternoon: Merton Priory – the First 100 Years

July 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It’s free to attend, but you need to register your interest on Eventbrite

Background and speakers

Founded in 1117, Merton Priory quickly became one of the most important and influential Augustinian priories in the British Isles. This study afternoon explores Merton Priory during the twelfth century, and the people who made it. The speakers include:

Professor Janet Burton, whose extensive bibliography includes Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain 1000–1300, The Monastic Order in Yorkshire 1066–1215, The Regular Canons in the British Isles, The Cistercians in the Middle Ages, and Monasteries and Society in Britain and Ireland in the Later Middle Ages, and she has appeared on both radio and television. She is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Wales, Trinity St David.

Dr David Robinson is the author of The Geography of Augustinian Settlement in Medieval England and Wales, and The Cistercian Abbeys of Britain: Far from the Concourse of Men – two of the essential books in the medieval monastic historian’s armoury. One of the leading authorities on medieval buildings, he has written guidebooks for English Heritage and Cadw, and articles for both academic journals and more popular publications like Country Life.

Dr Hugh Doherty, Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of East Anglia. Hugh specialises in Europe’s history from the tenth to the twelfth centuries, and was involved in the major Writs and Charters of William II and Henry I project. He is Vice-President of the Surtees Society, and was historical consultant for Assassin’s Creed (2016). Hugh is an expert both on Augustinian priories and on Henry I’s sheriffs, including the founder of Merton Priory.

Dr Ian Stone. Ian lives and breathes London’s history. His thesis was on the history book (the Liber de Antiquis Legibus) of one of its aldermen, Arnold fitz Thedmar, and, alongside a busy teaching and lecturing schedule, he is currently preparing an edition of this. He’s also writing a history of the Worshipful Company of Masons, and gives frequent talks and workshops on the history of London and its merchants. (You can meet him on YouTube)

The website promises that there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and answers. Tea is included!

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