Public Lecture 7th December 2017

The Second "Norman Conquest" and why it (only just) failed: the Story of "King" Louis I, William Marshal and 1217 - the Year That Saved England

SPEAKER: Dr. Sean McGlynn

Sean McGlynn is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Lecturer in History for Plymouth University's History, Heritage and Archaeology degree programme at Strode College in Somerset. He lives just outside Bath.

His books include By Sword and Fire: Cruelty and Atrocity in Medieval Warfare; Blood Cries Afar: The Magna Carta War and Invasion of England 1215-17; and Kill Them All! Cathars and Carnage in the Albigensian Crusade. He is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine, History Today and The Spectator.


Exactly 800 years ago, a year-and-a-half French invasion and occupation of England came to a violent end.
Close to being a second Norman Conquest, 1217 saw a dramatic year in English history, when two major battles - including a naval engagement more important than Trafalgar and the Spanish Armada - finally put paid to the reign of "King" Louis I of England.

Of all the Anglo-French conflicts in the Middle Ages since 1066, including the Hundred Years War, this event was the single greatest threat to England.
Yet the invasion is a largely forgotten one, despite its huge importance.

Dr McGlynn, author of the ground-breaking book on the invasion, relates the exciting and pivotal events of 1217 and explains the impact they had on English history and why the invasion has been so overlooked.