Henry III lecture

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Professor David Carpenter


Listen to medieval historian Professor David Carpenter’s lecture on Henry III, as part of celebrating the 750th anniversary of the re-building of Westminster Abbey. Professor Carpenter discusses Henry III’s reign, the significance of St Edward the Confessor and the architectural influences that shaped the re-building.


Download the accompanying teachers’ notes document, including a full transcript, information about the speaker and the event, plus a list of follow-up questions to spark further discussion. 


This lecture was recorded at Westminster Abbey’s annual History Masterclass event on 13th February 2019. Please note that all opinions are of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views of Westminster Abbey.

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Themes covered in this lecture are aligned to:


  • Henry III’s piety
  • The nature of Henry III’s kingship