Professor Lisa Hopkins - Hadrian’s Wall in Elizabethan Times - July Lunchtime Talk

Soon after Mary, Queen of Scots was executed in 1587, a Cumbrian gentleman (probably one of the Dacres of Lanercost) proposed that Hadrian’s Wall should be rebuilt.  He estimated that this would cost £30,000 and would result in an effective defensive structure.  He thought this partly because the Wall looked very different then from the way it does now, with far more substantial remains at many points, but also because Elizabethan writers and mapmakers presented the Wall as a significant historic landmark and told a number of stories about it which we would now find surprising, such as that it was made of brass and had a system of speaking pipes which allowed soldiers at one fort to talk to those at the next.  This talk will explore some of these Elizabethan ideas about the wall.

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University. She specializes mainly in Shakespeare, Marlow and John Ford but also has interests in Jane Austen, literature on screen, detective fiction, the gothic, and the literary culture of the Cavendish family.


Adult: Free Talk is free, but booking is advised


On: 05 th July 2022, 1:00 pm Until: 05 th July 2022, 2:00 pm


Lecture Theatre