Higden Society at Keele

Professor Graeme White of the University of Chester spoke on Cheshire’s own version of Magna Carta issued by its Earl in 1215  at the April 2016 meeting of the Ranulf Higden Society at Keele.  Professor White spoke a good deal about Cheshire’s ‘separateness’ whilst also being within the kingdom of England, before dealing with the text of the charter itself. One discussion dealt with the phrase in the charter which recorded Ranulf III as having taken the cross before the issue of the charter, a phrase which later seemed to have defined the limit of legal memory in a claim made by Vale Royal Abbey.

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After lunch Dr Anthony Mansfield, one of the Department’s recent postgraduates spoke on ‘Colluding against the kingdom: The inheritances of the North-Sea Aristocracies between the tenth and twelfth centuries.’

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