18th March 2013, 12:02pm
Born to be King? Henry V before 1413
Henry V An internationally renowned historian will take to the stage in a free public lecture to celebrate the minority of Henry V, on the 600th anniversary of his accession to the throne.

New research into the life of Henry as prince has been pioneered by Professor Anne Curry, and she will invite an audience to share her findings in the University of Lincoln’s Annual Medieval Lecture on Thursday 21 March 2013.

The event, part of the University’s Lincoln Academy series, will draw on novel research and the collected views of distinguished contemporaries to explore the highly complex life and character of an enduringly fascinating English hero.

Henry V was not born to be king, and his creation as the Prince of Wales was the result of his father’s usurpation of the throne in 1399. Professor Curry will explain why his time as prince proved problematic in a time of medieval warfare, and how he developed into the authority now recognised as the perfect king, defeating the French and coming within a whisker of uniting England and France under a single monarchy.

Professor Curry is an esteemed Professor of Medieval History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton. She has an international reputation for her work on medieval military history of the fifteenth century and is recognised as an expert broadcast commentator. Her innovative online database, The Medieval Soldier, has also been credited as providing a human face to medieval warfare.

She said: “I am delighted to be coming to speak in Lincoln. It is an amazing medieval city with an enterprising university, which has established a strong reputation in historical and heritage studies.

“We are approaching the actual anniversary of Henry V’s accession to the throne, and this provides an ideal opportunity to reappraise him as a king and as a man.”

Dr Philippa Hoskin, Programme Leader for MA Medieval Studies, adds: “Here at the University of Lincoln we are delighted to have such an eminent and exciting lecturer to talk to us about Henry V's minority, on the 600th anniversary of his succession.”

During an illustrious career, Professor Curry has also held posts as the Editor of the Journal of Medieval History, President of the Historical Association and Vice President of the Royal Historical Society.

Her lecture, entitled ‘(Not) Born to be King: Henry V before 21st March 1413’ takes place at 6pm on Thursday, 21 March 2013 at the University of Lincoln’s EMMTEC auditorium. Registration starts at 5.30pm.

This talk is part of the University’s Lincoln Academy series of free public events. Places should be booked in advance by calling 01522 837100 or e-mailing events@lincoln.ac.uk.
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