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Nichola De La Haye: Lincoln's Heroine? by Professor Louise Wilknson

Lady Nichola de la Haye, constable of Lincoln castle and sheriff of Lincolnshire, played a pivotal role in shaping Lincoln’s fortunes during the civil war of 1215-17.  Nichola was heiress to the Lincolnshire barony of Brattleby and a daughter of one of the most important local families during the reigns of three Angevin kings - Henry II, Richard I (the Lionheart) and John. As a stalwart supporter of ‘Bad King John’, Nichola was a controversial figure in her own lifetime. After the death of her second husband, Gerard de Camville, she assumed in widowhood the role of castellan (constable) of Lincoln, and defended that stronghold during the civil war of 1215-17. One of John’s last acts of king was to appoint Nichola as sheriff of Lincolnshire. It was Nichola who successfully commanded the castle during sieges led by the rebel barons and the French. It was also Nichola who played a pivotal role in defending Lincoln castle during the battle of Lincoln in May 1217. In this talk, Professor Wilkinson explores Nichola’s remarkable life and career.

Louise Wilkinson is professor of medieval history at Canterbury Christ Church University. She is the author of Women in thirteenth-century Lincolnshire (Boydell, 2007; paperback 2015) and Eleanor de Montfort: a rebel countess in medieval England (Continuum, 2012). She is also a co-director of the Magna Carta Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom (, and is joint general editor of the Pipe Roll Society. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg’s series about Magna Carta and on Woman’s Hour.


Times: 7pm doors open, 7.30pm – 9pm

Adults £20, Concessions £18

Included within the price of the event ticket is a 45 minute talk; light refreshments, and an exclusive opportunity to view Lincoln's Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest in the David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault at the Castle.

Thursday 13th July 2017

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