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Voices of The People: What Medieval Europe Can Teach Us

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  • Wed 4 Sep ’19, 6:30pm – 7:30pm


The Round Room, Massey University Gate 1 Albany Campus, Albany


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Voices of The People: What Protest and Popular Politics In Medieval Europe Can Teach Us

Dr Amanda McVitty:
In modern democracies, principled protest is a healthy sign of political engagement as is the ability of all citizens to voice political opinions publicly. By contrast, medieval Europe is commonly viewed as a place where the many were uniformly downtrodden and silenced by the few. But were medieval people really so voiceless?

Between 1200 and 1500, the political elite who dominated national and local governments battled popular resistance in everything from public libels and petitions to tax strikes and violent revolts. Historian Amanda McVitty explains how and why the voices of the people emerged as a formidable and unpredictable force, and explores the strategies ordinary men and women used to protest injustice, defy corrupt leaders, and demand change.

Doors open at 6pm.
Free parking onsite.

Light refreshments provided.

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