A New History of the Middle Ages with Dan Jones

Book cover: Dan Jones - The Powers and Thrones, A News History of The Middle Ages (Photo of Dan Jones by Peter Clarke)

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Join historian Dan Jones for a look at the enduring legacy of the Middle Ages

This event takes place in the British Library Theatre and will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person, or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up.  In person ticket bookers will also be sent a bonus link to the online event. Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.

The British Library collection contains some of the most celebrated and important documents to have survived from the Middle Ages. From the Beowulf manuscript and Magna Carta to Matthew Paris’s vividly illustrated History of England, the Library’s collection is a vital resource, which helps scholars and ordinary readers alike to understand this formative thousand years in western history.

In this lecture, internationally bestselling medieval historian Dan Jones puts all these treasures into context as he takes you on a vivid tour of the Middle Ages in the round, from the sack of Rome by barbarians in 410 to the age of the Renaissance and the New World voyages. Based on his new book, Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages, Dan will explore how the medieval world emerged from the ashes of the classical era, and how it left a commanding legacy to western politics, law, religion, art, architecture, music, language and identity.

Dan also argues that although many think of the Middle Ages as backward, brutish and ignorant – using ‘medieval’ as an insult – this was a time that was shaped by factors that are still of critical importance to us today. Climate change, mass migration, pandemic disease, technological change and global networks all shaped the medieval world. The better we understand these, the better we will be equip ourselves for the challenges of our own, rapidly changing world.

Online event bookers can buy a copy of Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages by Dan Jones at checkout for £28 (UK orders) and watch the event at no extra cost.*

Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His books, including The Templars, Crusaders and, with Marina Amaral, The Colour of Time and The World Aflame, have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed Netflix/Channel 5 series, Secrets of Great British Castles.

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Name: A New History of the Middle Ages with Dan Jones
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £14.00
Member: £14.00
Student: £7.00
Registered Unemployed: £7.00
Disabled: £7.00
Senior (60+): £12.00
Young Person (18-25): £7.00
Online Full Price: £5.00
Online Member: £5.00
Online Event w/Book (Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages by Dan Jones) UK Postage: £28.00
Online Event w/Book (Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages by Dan Jones) Non UK Postage: £32.50
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