This lecture will explore the impact upon the English landscape of the civil war of the mid-12th century, popularly known as ‘the Anarchy’, during the turbulent reign of Stephen, King of England (1135–54). Drawing on new research and fieldwork, the lecture will provide an overview of the archaeology of this controversial period, covering castles, siege-castles, churches and settlements, as well as material culture including arms and armour, and question the ‘real’ impact of Stephen’s troubled reign on society and the English landscape.
Based at the University of Exeter, Professor Oliver Creighton’s research focuses on buildings, landscapes and townscapes in medieval Britain and Europe. His work has a strong interdisciplinary dimension, researching at the interface between history and archaeology, and he has particular interests in the study of castles and fortifications (especially in their wider settings); in elite and designed landscapes; in medieval towns and townscapes; and in conflict archaeology and medieval warfare. He has written widely on these and other themes and has published a variety of books.
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