Professor Chris Wickham: ‘The Donkey and the Boat’

University of Lincoln’s Annual Medieval Lecture:

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Professor Chris Wickham

‘The Donkey and the Boat: Rethinking Mediterranean Economic Expansion in the Eleventh Century’

The University of Lincoln was delighted to welcome one of the most esteemed medieval historians in the world, Prof. Chris Wickham, to speak at the Annual Medieval Lecture on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

Prof. Wickham taught at the University of Birmingham for nearly thirty years and from 2005 to 2006 was Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College. He has published on a wide range of topics, including legal culture, lordship, the peasantry, the Feudal Revolution, and the economy and society of early medieval Europe; but, on Tuesday his lecture focused on the development of internal trade networks in Egypt prior to the eleventh century.

I was particularly interested in attending this lecture because I was encouraged to read Prof. Wickham’s work as part of my undergraduate degree in modules such as A Tale of Two Cities In Medieval Spain: From Toledo to Cordoba run by Dr Robert Portass. It was great to listen and talk to the historian who’s publications informed my understanding of Iberian history!

Prof. Wickham’s expertise and his passion for medieval history  came across clearly in his presentation and it was fascinating to listen to him lecture.