UCD is hosting a major three-day international conference in September 2016 commemorating the 800th anniversary of the death of King John. It will be the largest ever gathering of specialists in the life and legacy of John, and will be held in Dublin Castle from September 8-10th.
It is entirely fitting that this conference takes place the same year as Ireland remembers 1916. If the Easter Rising marks the beginning of the end of Ireland’s political entwinement with England (and later Great Britain), King John’s second and final visit to Ireland in 1210 was a truly momentous event in its early history: in that year he established colonial governance on the island. Appropriately, the state’s commemorative programme to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising began on January 1 with a ceremony in the upper yard of Dublin Castle, overlooked by the 800-year-old Record Tower.
This conference promises to transform our understanding of the life and legacy of one of the most controversial of medieval European kings.