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Friday 25th September 2020
At The Collection, Lincoln, hosted by Lindum Books.
Thursday 22nd September 2020:
Lincoln Civic Trust, St Mary’s Guildhall, Lincoln, 7.30pm.
Nicholaa de la Haye: England’s Forgotten Heroine: I will be giving a talk for the Lincoln Civic Trust about Lincoln Castle’s heroic castellan. Talk and book signing. Details of tickets to follow.
Friday 28th May 2020: I presented the David hey Memorial Lecture as part of Doncaster Heritage Festival, held virtually due to the COVID crisis. Entitled Warenne: The Earls of Surrey and Conisbrough Castle, the lecture is still available to watch on YouTube.
Sunday 15th July 2018: Historical Panel Event with Elizabeth Chadwick at Newark Town Hall as part of the 2018 Newark Book Festival.
With Nick Quantrill as chair, Elizabeth and I talked about our books and love of history. We also discussed our different approaches to history, fact and fiction and our research techniques, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.
On Saturday, 14th October 2017, Conisbrough Castle was the venue for the book launch for Heroines of the Medieval World. In the glorious sunshine, the Castle looked spectacular, the ideal setting for a history talk.
I grew up just 5 miles from Conisbrough Castle and so, as a child, every summer holiday included a picnic at the castle and a climb to the top of the keep. As a student I volunteered at the castle, helping out at events and giving guided tours to school groups. In those days, the castle was just a shell, with green slime on the walls, but now it has floors inside, a roof to protect it from the elements and visual displays throughout. The Visitor Centre has a small museum with a cartoon strip telling the castle’s story and interactive displays for the kids. Conisbrough Castle’s only claim to fame seemed to be its link to Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, in which it played the part of a Saxon stronghold.
However, Conisbrough had been very much a Norman stronghold since the Conquest, given as a prize to one of William the Conquerors’ most loyal followers, William de Warenne, first earl of Warenne and Surrey. My talk took place on the 951st anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the day the Castle changed hands. On the morning of the battle, it belonged to Harold II, but by the end of the day Harold had lost the kingdom and his life and Conisbrough was a prize of war.
The talk was aimed at demonstrating the many links that Conisbrough Castle has to the major events in English medieval history, from the Norman Conquest, to the disastrous reign of Edward II and the civil war which became known as the Wars of the Roses. Conisbrough Castle and its former residents have a rich history and it was a pleasure to bring just a few moments of it to life. Attended by over 50 people, the audience was made up of friends, family, readers of my book and blog – historytheinterestingbits.com – and visitors who had called at the Castle because it was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. And they were aged from 3 to 73!
Ladies of Magna Carta: Women of Influence in Thirteenth century England looks into how the 1215 Magna Carta was relevant to the women of the great families of 13th century England, including the royal families of England and Scotland, the Marshals, the Bigods, the Salisburys, Braoses and Warennes. It is now available from Pen & Sword, Amazon and from Book Depository worldwide.
Also by Sharon Bennett Connolly:
Silk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest traces the fortunes of the women who had a significant role to play in the momentous events of 1066. Available now from Amazon, Amberley Publishing, Book Depository.
Heroines of the Medieval World tells the stories of some of the most remarkable women from Medieval history, from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Julian of Norwich. Available now from Amberley Publishing and Amazon and Book Depository.
©2018 Sharon Bennett Connolly