Professor gives King’s Ely historians a Magna Carta masterclass as part of school’s medieval week

King’s Ely Senior welcomed Professor Stephen Church (fourth left) of the University of East Anglia t

King’s Ely Senior welcomed Professor Stephen Church (fourth left) of the University of East Anglia to speak to the school as part of its Medieval Week. - Credit: Archant

King’s Ely Senior welcomed Professor Stephen Church of the University of East Anglia (UEA) to address the whole school this week as part of its Medieval Week.

He spoke students and staff on the rule of King John and the significance of Magna Carta, explored King John’s failings as a sovereign, which led to the Barons’ war and the proclamation of Magna Carta, before delving deeper into its enduring wider significance.

Afterwards, Professor Church was answered questions during a Q&A session with our Sixth Form Historians who are all studying Medieval History as part of their A Level courses.

Colin Currie, Head of History, said: “Professor Church’s talk was both scholarly and engaging, and perfectly tailored to the needs of his audience. We thank him for his time.”

Stephen Church is professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia and widely acclaimed as an expert on twelfth-century kingship, especially the reign of King John.


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He is a member of the council of the Society of Antiquaries and is actively involved in the national commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015.

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