Professor David Carpenter


David Carpenter is an English historian and writer, currently Professor of Medieval History at King's College London.

Podcasts by Professor David Carpenter

  • Reverse side of the Great Seal of John.1202. Catalogue reference: DL10-56.

    The life and death of King John

    King John’s acts of misgovernment prompted his barons to demand reform, setting the kingdom on the road to civil war and leading to John’s grant of Magna Carta. Why was he seen as such a terrible king and how did…

  • First Great Seal of Henry III obverse, cat. ref. E 42/315

    Henry III Fine Rolls

    The fine rolls record sums of money offered to the king in return for concessions and favours, providing a fascinating record of what people wanted from royal government, and what they were willing to give for it. In the past,…

  • E42-315 First Great Seal of Henry III

    From Magna Carta to the parliamentary state: the Fine Rolls of King Henry III 1216-1272

    Professor David Carpenter talks about this unique resource preserved at The National Archives and how the records are being made accessible on the web.

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