2012-13 programme


<h4 style=”text-align: center;”>2012-2013 Programme</h4>

Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 8 pm in the Friends’ Meeting House, Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury, HP20 2RT (except where stated otherwise). For location and travel information please <a title=”Contact us” href=”http://buckshistoricalassociation.org.uk/contact/#location”>click here</a>.


Admission to meetings is free to full and associate members of the Historical Association. Visitors and Students welcome: Admission £2


<strong>17 October 2012</strong>

<h4>Henry of Essex, sheriff of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire (1155-1156)</h4>

<em>(Preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 7.30)</em>


Dr Hugh Doherty, Jesus College, University of Oxford


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Dr Hugh Doherty is a Hugh Price research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He teaches the history of the medieval British Isles between the collapse of Roman imperial authority in the fifth century and the creation of the Tudor state in the sixteenth. He is currently preparing an edition of the charters of King John, in time for the 800th celebration of the publication of Magna Carta in 2015.




<strong>21 November 2012</strong>

<h4>Credit finance in the Middle Ages: Loans to the English crown c.1272-1340</h4>

Dr Adrian Bell, Henley Business School, University of Reading


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Dr Adrian Bell is Chair in the History of Finance at Henley Business School. Adrian is interested in the history of finance and is working on a major project funded by the Leverhulme Trust with Professor Chris Brooks and Dr Tony Moore. This three year project beginning in January 2012, will focus on medieval foreign exchange and more detail is available at<a href=” http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/medievalfx/”> http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/medievalfx/</a>.


Professor Bell also specialises in the Hundred Years War and his book, War and the Soldier in the Fourteenth Century, was published by Boydell and Brewer in Autumn 2004. In 2006 he was awarded a major grant from the AHRC (jointly with Professor Anne Curry, University of Southampton) to investigate “<a href=”http://www.medievalsoldier.org/”>The Soldier in Later Medieval England</a>”.




<a href=”http://buckshistoricalassociation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/JohnCabotPainting.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-585″ title=”JohnCabotPainting” alt=”” src=”http://buckshistoricalassociation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/JohnCabotPainting-222×300.jpg” width=”222″ height=”300″ /></a> John Cabot in traditional Venetian garb by Giustino Menescardi (1762). A mural painting in the ‘Sala dello Scudo’ in the Palazzo Ducale. Taken from a reproduction in “History of Maritime maps”, Donald Wigal


<strong>19 December 2012</strong>

<h4>The strange story of John Cabot and the English discovery of America</h4>

<em>(Preceded by the Christmas social at 7.15)</em>


David Boyle, Historian and author


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 David Boyle is the author of a range of books about history, social change, politics and the future. He has been editor of a number of publications including Town &amp; Country Planning, Community Network, New Economics, Liberal Democrat News and Radical Economics. He is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation.


More information on David Boyle can be found on his <a href=”http://www.david-boyle.co.uk/index.html”>website</a>  and you can follow him on Twitter <a href=”https://twitter.com/davidboyle1958″>@davidboyle1958</a> 




<strong>16 January 2013</strong>

<h4>The Last Highlander: Scotland’s most notorious clan-chief, rebel and double agent</h4>

Sarah Fraser, Historian and author


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 Sarah Fraser is married to a Lovat Fraser, the son of heroic World War II Commando Shimi, Lord Lovat. She undertook a doctoral thesis on obscene Gaelic poetry, and has since contributed to TV and radio programmes on Gaelic issues, the clans and British history. Sarah has four children and she and her husband live both in the Highlands and London.


More information on Sarah Fraser and her book ‘The Last Highlander’can be found on her <a href=”http://thelasthighlander.com/”>website</a>




<strong>20 February 2013</strong>

<h4>Buckinghamshire Place Names</h4>

Anthony Poulton-Smith (change from previously advertised speaker)


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Anthony Poulton-Smith is a freelance journalist and author, having had 23 books and many articles, innumerable crosswords and puzzles published, whilst also compiling and marketing quizzes. These books have mostly been on the subject of the origins of place-names and not only cover the origins of towns and villages but also hills, streams, districts, fields, streets, and even public houses.


For his talk on 20 February Anthony Poulton-Smith wishes us to be prepared to ask lots of questions. So this is a excellent chance for you to fire out your ‘why is it called this?’, ‘where does that come from?’ questions.


More information on Anthony Poulton-Smith’s books please visit his website <a href=”http://www.poultonsmith.co.uk/”>www.poultonsmith.co.uk</a> or follow him on Twitter <a href=”http://twitter.com/PoultonSmith”>@PoultonSmith</a>




<strong>20 March 2013</strong>

<h4>Three battles that saved the nation: Armada, Trafalgar and Jutland</h4>

Richard Freeman, Historian and author


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Richard Freeman writes books on naval history. His special interests include Fisher, Beresford, Nelson, Jellicoe and Beatty.


More information on Richard Freeman’s books please visit his <a href=”http://rdfreeman.net/”>website</a> or follow on Twitter <a href=” https://twitter.com/RichardDFreeman”>@RichardDFreeman</a>




<strong>17 April 2013</strong>

<h4>The Crusader Conquest of Jerusalem through Arab Eyes</h4>

Dr Konrad Hirschler, School of Oriental and African Studies, U of London


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 Konrad Hirschler studied History and Islamic Studies in Hamburg, Bir-Zeit (Palestinian Territories) and London where he also completed his PhD. After fours years at the University of Kiel (Germany) he joined the History Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2007 and is currently Senior Lecturer. His research focuses on Egypt and Syria in the medieval period with a special interest in social history, intellectual history and the Crusades. He is the author of Medieval Arabic Historiography: Authors as Actors (RoutledgeCurzon, 2006) and The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) as well as editor of collected volumes such as Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources (Ergon, 2011). He has worked as academic consultant for media programs on topics such as the Crusades.




<strong>15 May 2013</strong>

<h4>A history of the Foundling Hospital – its collections and its relationship to Handel</h4>

Colin Campbell, Asst Librarian, Handel Collection, The Foundling Museum


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 Colin Campbell is the assistant librarian at the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the <a href=”http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/”>Foundling Museum</a>. The Foundling Museum reveals the stories of the Foundling Hospital’s founder Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and composer George Frideric Handel. It houses significant collections of eighteenth-century art, interiors, social history and music.




<strong>19 June 2013</strong>

<h4>SUMMER EVENING WALK: Princes Risborough, led by David Green</h4>

<em>(7.30. Further details will be available in our May meeting)</em>


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