Podcasted Lecture: Why Medieval History Matters?

Medieval History

By Professor Anne Curry. Podcast Editor: Simon Brown., published 17th August 2009

Why Medieval History Matters, Professor Anne Curry, President of the HA ‘I don't mind there being some medievalists around for ornamental purposes, but there is no reason for the state to pay for them'. So, allegedly, said Charles Clarke when Education Secretary in 2003. In fact, medieval history has never been so popular as it is now, amongst university students as well as film and TV viewers. The Middle Ages matter enough to some that I received hate mail for suggesting that the French did not greatly outnumber the English at Agincourt. What is it that generates so much passion for the study of a period which others dismiss as irrelevant?

Podcasted Lecture: Why Medieval History Matters...