Virtual Fall Lecture Series - Memory and Commemoration in Early Medieval Britain

Lecture available to watch until December 10, 2020. 

Join Dr. Alison Leonard from the safety and comfort of your own home. The act of commemorating is a practice shared by humans across time and space. Shared, but incredibly diverse. Between the banning of paganism by Roman rulers in AD 392, and the arrival of “heathen” Viking invaders in AD 793, the peoples of early medieval Britain displayed an astounding array of commemorative practices. Some, like the Sutton Hoo burials, were monumental. Others were strictly in keeping with contemporary Christian doctrine. And in between, we find quirky, questionable, ostentatious, and endearing acts, each of which showcases a unique set of beliefs.

In this talk we will look at the wide range of commemorative practices to be found throughout early medieval England, Wales, and Scotland. We will explore how memory was maintained and passed on, and the role of remembering in early medieval society. Throughout, we will see how the evolution of commemorative practices links into the wider history of Britain, between the fall of Rome and the first Viking invasions. 

Dr. Alison Leonard gained her PhD in Archaeology at the University of York, UK, specializing in Early Medieval and Viking Age archaeology. After working as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Alison has returned to her hometown of Owen Sound where she continues to research and write about archaeology.

This presentation is part of our Virtual Fall Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons in November. These free talks take place online at 1:00 p.m.  

If you wish to ask questions during the Q&A, they can be submitted in the comments on Grey Roots YouTube (please note, you have to be logged into a YouTube account to do so), or via Messenger on Grey Roots Facebook. This talk will also be available to view for one month to follow.

The 2020 Virtual Fall Lecture Series is a free event, but if these talks are something you enjoy, please consider becoming a Grey Roots member. Your interest and support is sincerely appreciated.

Image: Sutton Hoo helmet. Wikipedia; commons license. 

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