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We’ve cancelled the Medieval History group until further notice. We are sending out regular little snippets of history information and links to the group to help keep you occupied and interested.
Tuesday, Week 2.
The Rise, George Lane, Plympton.
10.30 - 12.30 p.m.
Learning about St Valentine!
Our Group met on February 14th at the Rise. This was our first meeting for quite some time, for various reasons.
One of our members talked about King John, who was famous as the king who signed the Magna Carta. We also learnt that he got lost in the Wash and lost the crown jewels too. After our coffee I spoke about St Valentine, who was probably a Roman martyr, but what I didn’t know before my research was that the first Valentine Day’s message was sent by the Duke of Orleans, while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London, to his wife. He had been captured after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
During our coffee break we went through our future programme. We hope to visit Buckland Abbey in October before we learn about Francis Drake in November and go to the West Devon Record Office in June. We have got one visiting speaker, but we try to give talks on subjects that we have researched ourselves, which can be very satisfying.
If you are interested in joining us you are very welcome to come and join us. We always try to have biscuits to go with the coffee!
Last year we had presentations on various topics from the Medieval period. We started with Alfred the Great and then learnt about William 1. We have watched 2 DVDs borrowed from the U3A resources centre, which were very good, albeit a bit dated. Having looked at the reign of some monarchs, we decided to do a bit of social history from the times. This included medieval dress and medicine. A highlight, was a talk on the local area by Sylvia, and we hope she will come again to speak to us.
This year we haven’t finalised the whole year, but we have 2 more DVDs booked and we are going to learn about King John. Hopefully follow that up with a talk on Simon de Montfort as there is a connection. We are hoping to move further afield and visit some place of interest, including the West Devon Records office, if that can be arranged and possibly a visit to Buckland Abbey. In April, I have arranged for a speaker from the Plymouth U3A to come and talk to us about Medieval Plymouth, which should be interesting. As a group, we try to do our own research and present our findings in whatever way we can.