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Royal Death and Burial: Reading Abbey in Context

by Prof. Lindy Grant It takes a real effort of the imagination to see the past glory of Reading Abbey, founded in 1121 by King Henry I of England as his intended burial house, in the battered remains surviving today. … Continue reading

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Battleaxes and Benchwarmers’ Trip to Parliament

By Beckie White, 3rd Year Archaeology & History student On Tuesday 12th March 2019, a group of final year History students at the University of Reading took a trip to Parliament. This trip was undertaken by students enrolled on the … Continue reading

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Finding Evidence of Holy Healing: The Case of St Robert of Knaresborough

by Dr Ruth Salter My research explores the experiences of pilgrims who sought out miraculous cures through saint cults in medieval England. A key resource for this topic are the hagiographical sources which include reports of the posthumous miracles (collected … Continue reading

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The 1975 European Community Referendum: The First of Two … or of Three?

by Dr Linda Arch On 5 June 1975 the UK held a referendum in which the electorate were asked the following question: Do You Think that the United Kingdom should stay in the European Community (the Common Market)? Voters were … Continue reading

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Department seminar series, spring term 2019

All seminars are held on Wednesday at 4:30–6pm in Edith Morley 128. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome! Wednesday 23 rd, January, Professor Rebecca Rist (Reading), ‘Were Medieval Popes Anti-Judaic or Anti-Semitic?’ Wednesday 6 th February, Dr Dafydd Townley … Continue reading

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