David has given talks on various aspects of medieval British history. He is currently based in Edinburgh, but he is willing to travel to other parts of the UK that are accessible by public transport (in return for reasonable travel expenses and an affordable fee).
Please contact David via this website if you would like him to contribute to your programme or event. He currently offers talks on the following topics:
Edward IV: Warrior King
An overview of Edward’s military career, focusing on his personal role in the Wars of the Roses. This talk explains why Edward enjoyed so much success on the battlefield, but also why he failed to achieve more.
Like Father and Son? The Earl of Warwick and Edward IV
The chronicler Commines believed that the Earl of Warwick was ‘like a father’ to Edward IV, but was this really the case? David traces the development of their complex relationship, ranging between the 1450s and Warwick’s death at the Battle of Barnet.
The Hammer of the Scots: Edward I and Scotland
A talk on Edward I’s attempts to subjugate Scotland, considering his motives, the nature of the ensuing conflict, and the reasons why he ultimately failed.
Richard III: Reformer of Morals?
In October 1483 Richard issued a fascinating proclamation, the 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, while also placing the document within a broader historical context.
Pilgrimage in Late Medieval Scotland
An engaging introduction to the subject, exploring various aspects of the pilgrim experience (such as motivation and travel). This talk involves discussion of a wide range of sources, including texts, contemporary images and archaeological remains.