8th November 2016

Knights Templar

Canon Dr Anne Davison

Anne has had a life-long interest in history and the religions of the world. This led to studying both topics for her first Degree and later for her Doctorate. She spent several years living in Africa and Switzerland and this experience added to her interest in different cultures. For many years she was Adviser in Inter Religious Relations with the Church of England. She was also Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches in Geneva and has sat on numerous advisory bodies for Inter Religious Relations both overseas and in the United Kingdom. She is currently Visiting Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

For several years she co-organised a Youth Exchange Programme for young Jews, Christians and Muslims between Jerusalem and East London and in recognition of her work in inter-religious relations was made a Lay Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral. She has also led pilgrimages to Israel and Lebanon. She a Visiting Lecturer at various universities and regularly lectures throughout the UK and on cruise ships.  She is also an accredited lecturer with the National Association of Fine Arts Societies

Anne is author of several short books including From the Medes to the Mullahs: a history of Iran, The Holy Roman Empire: power politics and papacy and Making Sense of Militant Islam.

In the 11th century the Templars were probably the most wealthy and most powerful organisation in Western Europe. Two hundred years later they were brutally suppressed by the King of France and the Papacy. This talk examines why this should be.

The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.


Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.


The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

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