‘Face to Face with the Middle Ages’ – free public lecture

Professor Patricia Skinner will give her inaugural lecture at Swansea University on Friday 16 May 2014 at 6 pm.

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Trish Skinner - inaugural lecture imageType 'medieval' into Google on any given day and what do you get? You are assaulted by a range of suggested websites, from Wikipedia entries to University websites offering medieval resources and courses. In a free public lecture on 16th May 2014 at Swansea University, Professor Patricia Skinner explores the enduring attraction that the Middle Ages hold for us.

The lecture will consider the fascination - alternating with negative stereotypes of 'medieval' barbarism - that the Middle Ages continue to exert in contemporary culture. It aims to challenge that stereotype, and suggests that the medieval period - in particular the much-maligned Early Middle Ages - has much to teach us.

Dr Elaine Canning, Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, said:

'This talk will be a wonderful opportunity to hear a distinguished figure in the field of ancient and medieval history address the compelling impact of the Middle Ages upon present-day cultural experiences and practices.'

The lecture forms part of the public lecture and event series organised by RIAH, the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. 

Other notable names who have featured on this year’s programme include: broadcaster Huw Edwards, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, Rt Hon Peter Hain, MP and Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, Professor Dai Smith.

Patricia Skinner

Professor Patricia Skinner is an Ancient and Medieval historian in the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University.

Author/editor of eight books and numerous articles on the subjects of medieval Italy, the medieval Jewish community, women, health and medicine, her most recently-published OUP monograph considers medieval Amalfi and its Diaspora, c. 800-1250.  

Her current Wellcome Trust-funded project focuses on responses to disfigurement in the middle ages, and she is preparing a monograph based on this project as well as a new textbook on Studying Medieval Gender.


  • The lecture is on Friday 16 May at 6pm 
  • The venue is Wallace Building, Swansea University, SA2 8PP (campus map) 
  • Light refreshments will be served from 5:30pm 
  • Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend 

For more information:  riah@swansea.ac.uk   Tel: 01792 295190