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Our Changing World: Voices of the People

  • Calendar Icon Thursday, 12 September 2019, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Location Icon Central Library


What protest and popular politics in Medieval Europe can teach us.

Speaker: 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.

Presented by Massey University College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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