Professor James Clark - inaugural lecture

Professor of History and Head of School Professor James Clark
School of Humanities

This lecture took place on Friday 23 March 2012

The Last Monks of Medieval England

Historical research has unsettled many long held reputations. Yet the legend of the last monks of medieval England, their high living and low morals which led to their dissolution under Henry VIII, has never been questioned; indeed it continues to inform our understanding of the decline and fall of medieval culture and the modernising force of the Tudors.

Professor James Clark inaugural - 23 March


James Clark studied at Bristol and Oxford, where he completed his doctorate in 1998. At Oxford he held a Junior Research Fellowship and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, from which he was appointed to a lectureship at Bristol in 2001/02. He has published widely on monastic life and learning in medieval England. His books include The Benedictines (2011), Ovid in the Middle Ages (2011), The Culture of Medieval English Monasticism (2007), A Monastic Renaissance (2004) and The Religious Orders in Pre-Reformation England (2002). He is currently completing a monograph on the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the first on the subject for almost fifty years.