Medieval Life and Death: Sally Dixon-Smith

Sally Dixon-Smith will be joining us at our Medieval Life and Death events to talk about love and marriage in the Middle Ages

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Synopsis: Although we often think of monks and nuns when we picture ‘medieval’, most people did get married, It was incredibly easy to get married – so easy, in fact, that people might not be sure if they were really wed, might marry accidentally, or indeed ‘accidentally on purpose’.

Speaker bio: Dr Sally Dixon-Smith is the Collections Curator at the Tower of London, where she curated the re-presentation of the Crown Jewels in 2012; the ‘Poppies at the Tower’ in 2014; and most recently, the brand new displays on prisoners and punishment. She is currently appearing on Inside the Tower of London (Channel 5). A medieval historian and architectural historian by training, she was previously a university lecturer, and she is particularly interested in how law, including church law, affected people’s everyday lives.

Synopsis: Although we often think of monks and nuns when we picture ‘medieval’, most people did get married, It was incredibly easy to get married – so easy, in fact, that people might not be sure if they were really wed, might marry accidentally, or indeed ‘accidentally on purpose’.

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Speaker bio: Dr Sally Dixon-Smith is the Collections Curator at the Tower of London, where she curated the re-presentation of the Crown Jewels in 2012; the ‘Poppies at the Tower’ in 2014; and most recently, the brand new displays on prisoners and punishment. She is currently appearing on Inside the Tower of London (Channel 5). A medieval historian and architectural historian by training, she was previously a university lecturer, and she is particularly interested in how law, including church law, affected people’s everyday lives.

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