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Henry III’s Vision for Westminster Abbey: "Creating the most magnificent church in Christendom" - 28 February
28 February, 2017 - 19:00
Lord Mayor's Reception Rooms, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
You are warmly invited to join us for a talk on Henry III and Westminster Abbey by eminent historian Professor David Carpenter, who is well known for his television appearances and lectures. This is the final talk in the sixth season of the Westminster History Club, due to the impending renovation of Westminster City Hall.
The Westminster History Club was set up to raise funds for scholarly research into the history of Westminster by the Victoria County History. The Club meets in the Lord Mayor's Reception Rooms, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP. This is a social event, held four times a year, with refreshments and a talk on some aspect of the history of Westminster by a guest speaker. The event starts at 7pm. All welcome but please RSVP. Tickets are £10 at the event.
One of Henry III's great achievements was to rebuild Westminster Abbey. His aim was to create the most magnificent church in Christendom. By examining the Abbey's design and decoration, the talk explores why Henry had this aim and how he sought to fulfil it.
Speaker: David Carpenter is a Professor of Medieval History at King's College. He is a leading authority on Britain in the central middle ages. His books include The Struggle for Mastery: Britain 1066-1284 (a volume in the New Penguin History of Britain) and Magna Carta, published in the Penguin Classics series to coincide with the Charter's 800th anniversary in 2015. He is currently finishing a biography of King John's son, King Henry III.
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