Two BBC television series on medieval subjects: Inside the Medieval Mind (BBC4, 2008) and The Normans (BBC2, 2010), written and presented by world-leading medieval historian, Professor Robert Bartlett of the School of History, have exposed millions of viewers to historical documentary about the Middle Ages. Prof. Bartlett’s main areas of research are the history of medieval colonialism, of the British Isles in the period 1050-1300, and of medieval attitudes towards the natural and the supernatural. Inside the Medieval Mind discussed medieval views of issues such as miracles, the way medieval people thought about the physical world and the nature of human society. The Normans was informed in part by Prof. Bartlett’s earlier work on medieval colonialism and conquest.
Prof. Bartlett's will be discussing his latest book, "Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?: Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation" (Princeton University Press, 2013) at the Oxford Literary Festival on 25th March and the Buxton Festival on 26th July.