Salve Lector Honorabilis

Linguae latinae medii aevi et studens et fautor

Origin

The Society  grew mainly out of a Liverpool University Centre for Continuing Education course in  Latin for Local history, which was held repeatedly over a 12 year period attracting students from as far afield as Cumbria, Shropshire, Devon and even the South of France.  Many of the students on completing the course wished to continue with the documentary research which they had begun and to prepare it for publication, and for that purpose they continued to meet.  As Erasmus put it in his Adages [first Chiliad, third Century, LXXIIII] Generosioris arboris planta statim cum fructu est.    In due course it was recognised that a society for independent or free-standing students would be welcome, and the Liverpool contingent was joined in the foundation of the Ranulf Higden Society by staff and students from Keele University Latin and Palaeography Summer School.

Why Ranulf Higden?

Ranulf Higden was a monk of Chester who wrote perhaps the most famous medieval history, the Polychronicon.  Since most members are involved in historical work of one kind or another, and the majority - though no means all - live in the north-west of England or North Wales. Ranulf was chosen as an appropriate patron and a quotation from the beginning of his work is our motto.

In historico namque contextu

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Extract of the Legh of Lyme Survey 1466

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