The Norman lords of Bristol

Dr Kath Thompson (HEFCE and University of Sheffield) examines the careers of the lords of Bristol from 1066-1183, the period when Bristol emerged as an important commercial and maritime centre.

The talk demonstrates the questions that interest medieval historians and also introduces the range of sources that they use. We explore the influence of the four individuals covered: the prince-bishop, Geoffrey of Coutances; Robert Fitz Hamon, his son-in- law, Robert, earl of Gloucester, and grandson, William earl of Gloucester and relate their influence on the development of the city to their careers on a broader stage.

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