Members' zoom lecture

Thursday 3rd June 2021

It is now just over 700 years ago that at or near Myton-on-Swale, about thirteen miles northwest of York, a war-hardened Scottish invasion army defeated and possibly massacred a hastily assembled, inexperienced force of clergy, peasants, and civic and governmental officials. Often known as the ‘White Battle’ or, indeed, to the Scots, ‘the Chapter of Myton’, due to the apparently high number of clerical casualties, the battle of Myton is not well known nationally. But it was a key moment in the Anglo-Scottish wars of the early fourteenth century and deserves to be better known. This talk will explore the evidence of the archives of the archbishops of York and of English royal government to build on what is known about the site and the conflict from archaeological evidence.

Paul Dryburgh is Principal Records Specialist (Medieval Records) at The National Archives. His research interests are in government, politics, warfare and the economy of the British Isles in the 13th and 14th centuries. He is currently Co-Investigator of the AHRC-funded The Northern Way: Archbishops of York and the North of England, 1304-1405, out of which much of the research for his talk comes. Paul is also Honorary Secretary of the Lincoln Record Society, Joint General Editor of the Pipe Roll Society and President of the Mortimer History Society.

The talk will take place at 8.00pm and members will receive an email invitation to register approximately a week before the talk.

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