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The Mortimer History Society Spring Conference

PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 11:24 am
by The Re-Enactor
The Mortimer History Society

‘Herefordshire / Shropshire Family - Heirs to the Throne’

Not many people realize how a family from Herefordshire came close to occupying the royal throne. Indeed their descendents on the female line became the Yorkist kings Edward IV and Richard III. Dr. Ian Mortimer will be explaining how the Mortimer boys based at Ludlow Castle were heirs to the throne at one time. At a conference in Ludlow at the end of May he will be discussing reviewing the relationship between the Mortimers and the royal family up to their royal marriage in 1368. From 1374-1398 the Mortimer family had ‘semi-royal’ status’.

From the time of the Norman Conquest, the Mortimer family based at Wigmore and Ludlow were prominent in English and Welsh history. Both speakers at the Mortimer History Society conference are internationally famous authors - Ian Mortimer, and Alison Weir - and they will be exploring the Royal Connection.

This Spring Conference will take place at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on May 21. Tickets can be purchased either online at or by contacting reception - 01584 878141.

Dr. Ian Mortimer has produced a series of best selling books since 2001. Indeed his Time Travelers' Guide to Medieval England was the best selling history book of 2010,His first book The Greatest Traitor: the life of Sir Roger Mortimer gives an entirely new perspective on the Mortimer family, and Sir Roger Mortimer in particular. He will be speaking on 'The Mortimers and the Royal Family', and presenting new research concerning the royal succession in 1376-1460. Alison Weir’s talk will be on one of her most famous historical studies – that of Queen Isabella, wife of Edward II and lover of Roger Mortimer.

There will also be an unusual demonstration of many musical instruments used in court and castle in the medieval period, followed by a full concert of music rarely heard. The Border Waites will be giving this concert. They play sackbuts, shawms, crumhorns, viols, fiddles, recorders, and bagpipes. However for the May concert, one of the Waites, Alan Crumpler is making a new instrument called a Symphony, that he says will be needed to bring a further authentic touch to the occasion. They will be joined by Jennie Cassidy, an imaginative and virtuosic singer, who has specialised in the field of early music for ten years, performing and recording throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. She has sung with many leading early music ensembles.

The Conference will also be the scene of the launch of the re-publication of the popular history of the Mortimers, written by two local residents, Charles Hopkinson and Martin Speight, and published by Logaston Press.