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John de Lacy: Life and Times

Today we gave a talk to twenty-one people at the castle on one of Pontefract’s key barons, John de Lacy, who was instrumental in the sealing of, and adherence to, Magna Carta in 1215. John had a varied life, amongst other things serving two kings at both home and abroad, was excommunicated by the Pope, and went on crusade for two years. He died in 1240 at the relatively ’old’ age, for the time, of forty-eight.

Please stay tuned for details of our next talk in September on Heritage Open Days, most likely on Richard II and John of Gaunt.