July 10th 2016
King John debate : Professor Stephen Church and Dr Marc Morris
As part of the Newark Literary Festival Pat went along to the debate on King John between Professor Stephen Church and Dr Marc Morris.
Both these historians have published recent, highly acclaimed lives of King John so it promised to be an interesting debate. Unfortunately Professor Church was held up, but when he did arrive, the two academics shared their thoughts on the character of this King. It was an interesting session and the two shared many points of agreement. There is no question that both considered King John was a bad monarch, a King whose reign was a decided failure and for whom revisionist history theories cannot rehabilitate.
Professor Church will return to Newark for our CDLHS 800th year anniversary of King John’s death lecture at the Town Hall : The Last Journey of the Magna Carta King on Wednesday 19th October. Tickets for members of CDLHS are £8 [including refreshments] and are available at Collingham Post Office.