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Alice Roberts – Crypt: Life, Death and Disease in the Middle Ages and Beyond

February 18 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Professor Alice Roberts is a biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster. She has presented well over a hundred television programmes, on subjects ranging from biology and archaeology and history. Join Alice as she talks about her new book, Crypt: Life, Death and Disease in the Middle Ages and Beyond, looking at how ancient bones hold the key to understanding the impact of violence and disease in mediaeval society.

The stories in this book are not comforting tales; there’s a focus on pathology, on disease and injury, and the experience of human suffering in the past. We learn of an episode of terrible brutality, when hate speech unleashed a tide of violence against an ethnic minority; of the devastation caused by incurable epidemics sweeping through medieval Europe; of a protracted battle between Church and State for the heart of England – a battle that saw the most famous tomb in the country created and destroyed; and a tumultuous story, forged in the heat of warfare, that takes us out of the Middle Ages into the sixteenth century and the reign of Henry VIII.

In the Middle Ages, there’s barely a written note for most people’s lives. The information we can extract from archaeological human remains represents is an essential tool for understanding our history. Most of these dead will remain anonymous. But, in the thrilling final chapter, Professor Roberts introduces an individual whose life and bones were marked by chronic debilitating disease – and whose name might just be found in history…

Alice will be signing copies of the new book after the talk.

When: Sun 18 Feb
Where: Whitla Hall, Belfast
Cost: £15
Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm

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February 18
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Whitla Hall, Queen’s University Belfast
Whitla Hall, QUB
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom
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4.30pm - 5.30pm