Recordings of Levi Roach’s recent RHS Lecture now available

15 February 2024

The recording of Levi Roach’s recent RHS Lecture is now available. Levi’s lecture explores the legacy of the Carolingian empire in the formation of the states and dynasties of early medieval Western Europe.

Levi’s lecture, ‘Charting Authority after Empire: Documentary Culture and Political Legitimacy in Post-Carolingian Europe’, was given at Mary Ward House, London, on Thursday 1 February.

Listen to the Lecture


In this lecture, Levi uses the charters issued by the rulers of Western Europe to show how new dynasties and kingdoms established themselves on the basis of existing, Carolingian traditions. In doing so, he focuses on a remarkable set of shared changes in the layout and appearance in these documents, which reveal much about the nature and significance of these transitions.

Levi is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Exeter

You can also watch and listen to this, and many other, Society lectures and panel discussions via the RHS Events Archive.

Join us next for an evening with Greg Jenner

Join us for our next event — ‘Finding the Funny in Public History. In Conversation with Greg Jenner’ — which takes places at Mary Ward House, London, WC1E 9SN and online, at 6pm on Tuesday 20 February. All are very welcome. Details of other forthcoming events from the Society are available here.