David has given talks for various groups and organisations, including the Richard III Society and Fife Coast & Countryside Trust. He has also featured as a guest speaker on historical tours.
Please contact David via this website if you would like him to contribute to your programme or event. Potential talks include the following:
Like Father and Son? Warwick ‘the Kingmaker’ and Edward IV
The chronicler Commines believed the Earl of Warwick was like a ‘father’ to Edward IV, but was this really the case? This talk outlines the development of their complex relationship, which was a vital factor during the Wars of the Roses.
Richard III: Reformer of Morals?
In October 1483 Richard issued the fascinating ‘Proclamation for the Reform of Morals’, which denounces his enemies on the basis of their sexual behaviour. David reflects on what this might tell us about Richard himself, but he also places the document within a wider context.
The Hammer of the Scots: Edward I and Scotland
An overview of Edward’s attempts to subjugate Scotland, considering his motives, the nature of the ensuing conflict, and the reasons why he ultimately failed.
Pilgrimage in Late Medieval Scotland
An accessible introduction to the subject, exploring various aspects of the pilgrim experience. This is a well-illustrated talk, involving discussion of a wide range of sources (including texts, contemporary images and archaeological remains).