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Town, Castle, and People - A Study of Medieval Framlingham, c.1300-c1550

View of Framlingham castle from the west across the Mere, December 2004 (Sam Newton)

with Dr John Ridgard

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 23rd January 2010

Selected documents, translated from the Latin, will be used to describe various aspects of life in the town, borough and manor. Arrangements for royal visits, the emergence of local government, preparations for war, the influence of the Deer Park, and living standards within and without the Castle will be among the topics studied under the general banner of “Let the documents speak for themselves”.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Plan and Organisation of the Medieval Town  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Town life - selected extracts from the court-rolls and accounts  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Royal Visits - Entertainment, Hunting, Food and Drink  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Late Middle Ages - Origins of town government. Guilds, Markets and the Parish  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr John Ridgard

John Ridgard is a veteran scholar with decades of experience in the study of Latin Palaeography and of Medieval Suffolk. He is the author of Medieval Framlingham: Select documents 1270-1524 (Boydell 1985) and, most recently, Great Framlingham in Suffolk and the Howard Dukes of Norfolk (Blaxhall Press 2009).

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Allen Brown, R., Castles, Conquest and Charters: Collected Papers (Woodbridge 1989).
Bailey, M., Medieval Suffolk: An Economic and Social History, 1200-1500 (Woodbridge 2007)
Dymond, D. & Northeast, P., A History of Suffolk (Phillimore 1995)
Liddiard, R. (ed.), Anglo-Norman Castles (Woodbridge, 2003) - a collection of useful essays
Ridgard, J., Medieval Framlingham: Select documents 1270-1524, Suffolk Records Society 27 (Boydell 1985).
Ridgard, J., Great Framlingham in Suffolk and the Howard Dukes of Norfolk (Blaxhall Press 2009)
Scarfe, N., The Suffolk Landscape (Hodder & Stoughton 1972, Alastair 1986)
Stacey, N., Framlingham Castle, (English Heritage 2009)


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4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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