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William the Lion: Scotland's Forgotten King
Tue 2 May 2017, 17:00 – 18:00 BST
Despite being Scotland's longest-reigning king before the Union, William the Lion (1165-1214) has not caught the popular imagination. His reign is one of great highs and lows. His military invasion of northern England was, an ambitious campaign, that ended in his capture and imprisonment, and his king being temporarily placed under English overlordship. Yet his reign also saw some of the most important developments in the formation of royal government in medieval Scotland. This talk will introduce William, explain his significance, and also suggest why his reign is not so well known as one might expect. Dr Taylor is author of 'The Shape of State in Medieval Scotland, 1124-1290' (2016).