Talks

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:

Edward IV: Warrior King
An overview of Edward’s military career. This talk explains how he achieved so many victories in the Wars of the Roses, while also considering why he was unable to repeat this success in France.

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.

Peaceful Aspects of Medieval Anglo-Scottish Relations
England and Scotland were officially at war for much of the Middle Ages, but there were extensive periods of truce that allowed for more constructive interactions. Focusing on the late medieval period, this talk covers topics such as migration, trade and connections via the arts.

Scotland’s Pilgrim Kings
This talk outlines the experience and motives of three of Scotland’s ‘pilgrim kings’ – Robert the Bruce, David II and James IV – while also exploring the broader significance of pilgrimage in late medieval life.