In the 800th anniversary year of its creation, the controversial historian, David Starkey, will reveal Winchester’s little-known but central role in the birth of the Magna Carta. The Annual Lecture of the Friends of Winchester Cathedral, “Magna Carta – the Winchester Connection”, takes place in the fitting surroundings of the Cathedral Nave itself, on 14 October at 7.30pm.
Not to be outdone by its rival neighbours in Salisbury, the Cathedral boasts its own Magna Carta document, a 14th century volume containing a transcription of the 1217 document. There will also be an opportunity to inspect the tomb of Peter des Roches, the Winchester Bishop who played an integral part in the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215. David Starkey will be signing copies of his latest book, “Magna Carta, The Medieval Roots of Modern Politics”.