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Born to be King? Henry V before 1413

Published: 11 March 2013Origin: History
Prof Anne Curry, Dean of Humanities

Dean of Humanities, Professor Anne Curry will deliver a lecture on Henry V at the University of Lincoln to mark the 600th anniversary of his accession to the throne.

She has pioneered new research into his life will share her fascinating findings at the University’s Annual Medieval Lecture on Thursday 21 March.

Henry V was not born to be king, and his creation as the Prince of Wales was the result of his father’s usurpation of the throne in 1399. Anne says his time as prince proved problematic in a time of medieval warfare, but he developed into the authority now recognised as the perfect king, defeating the French and coming within a whisker of uniting England and France under a single monarchy.

Anne says: “I am delighted to be coming to speak in Lincoln. It is an amazing medieval city with an enterprising university, which has established a strong reputation in historical and heritage studies.

“We are approaching the actual anniversary of Henry V’s accession to the throne, and this provides an ideal opportunity to reappraise him as a king and as a man.”

Anne also spoke about Henry V at the University of Southampton’s Lifelong Learning study day on Saturday 9 March at Avenue Campus. The one-day cultural event consisted of a series of short talks led by experts from within Archaeology, English and History. This thought provoking and inspiring conference provided the opportunity for people interested in history to learn and engage in discussion about Henry V from academics of international distinction.

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