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How the Middle Ages were Built: Exuberance to Crisis, 1300-1408

Professor Simon Thurley CBE

England's economic success peaked in 1300 amidst a riot of architectural excess and was followed by a series of disasters which lasted much of the fourteenth century.  Yet against a catastrophic background English architectural individualism flourished and out of radically changed social structures an architectural consensus emerged.

This is a part of the series of lectures, God, Caesar and Robin Hood: How the Middle Ages were Built: The English Middle Ages saw the construction of some of the world's greatest buildings, structures that still shape our towns, cities and countryside and mould our national identity.  These four lectures give a controversial new view of how medieval England was built starting with the departure of the Romans and ending with the Reformation.

The other lectures in this series include:   
        Making England: The Shadow of Rome, 410-1130  
        A New Jerusalem: Reaching for Heaven, 1130-1300   
        Coming of Age, 1408-1530    

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Professor Thurley is a leading architectural historian, a regular broadcaster, Visiting Gresham Professor of the Built Environment since 2009 and was appointed Provost of Gresham College in 2020. 

He was, for thirteen years, Chief Executive of English Heritage, the Government's principal advisor on the historic environment in England. Prior to joining English Heritage in 2002, he served as the Director of the Museum of London, the world's largest city museum. Between 1990 to 1997 he was the Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation is responsible for Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Kew Palace.

Throughout his career, Simon has been passionate about communicating English history. He is the author of more than ten books including The Building of England, his history of English architecture, and The Royal Palaces of Tudor England, the subject of his PhD taken at the Courtauld Institute. At Historic Royal Palaces, and later at English Heritage, he was responsible for major restoration projects - the most recent of which was the restoration of the Stonehenge landscape and the construction of a new museum there. At the Museum of London, he led an exciting exhibition programme, inspiring people with a passion for the city. His television projects include, most recently, Heritage! the story of the heritage movement in Britain made for BBC4.

He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He is also a Trustee of the British Library, of the Canal and River Trust and of the Society of Court Studies, an academic study group he helped to found 25 years ago. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society. He is currently the Gresham Visiting Professor of the Built Environment and Provost of Gresham College.

Professor Thurley's lecture series are as follows:

2020/21 Great Tudors and Stuart Houses

2019/20 Theatres of Revolution: The Stuart Kings and the Architecture of Disruption

2018/19 Art and Power

2017/18 Merchants, Money and Megalomania: Buildings in the West End of London

2016/17 History at a Turning Point: Why We Have to Rethink Conservation

2015/16 Power, Medicine, Genius and Destruction: Great London Buildings and Their Creators 1200-2000

2014/15 The Royal Palaces of England

2010/13 A History of English Architecture: 410-2013

2010 London and its Architecture 

2009 Heritage and its impact on the way we live

All lectures by the Visiting Professor of the Built Environment can be accessed here.

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23 March 2011

How the Middle Ages were Built: Exuberance to Crisis, 1300-1408
Professor Simon Thurley CBE

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