Press Release

14 November 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University's annual Becket Lecture will be given by acclaimed local historian Richard Eales.

Mr Eales, who lives in Bridge, will speak on 'The Heirs of Thomas Becket: Political Saints in Medieval England'. 

Dr Louise Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Christ Church, said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard, a long-standing friend of the Department, to be our guest speaker this year. Richard is an inspiring speaker and tutor, and we are all very much looking forward to his talk.”

A leading medieval historian and author of books specialising in history of the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries, Mr Eales is a former Head of History at the University of Kent. His publications include Canterbury and the Norman Conquest: Churches, Saints and Scholars (edited with Richard Gameson, 1995) and Chess: The History of a Game (1985).

This is the sixth year the University’s Department of History and American Studies will be hosting the event, which is free to attend and open to the public.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 30 November 2011, 6pm, in the Powell Lecture Theatre (Pg09), Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, CT1 1QU.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college


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