Online History Talk - Medieval Eels


Hosted virtually by Peterborough Cathedral, PETERBOROUGH, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1XS

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Dr John Wyatt Greenlee


Yes, they existed in medieval times too! Dr John Wyatt Greenlee will explain more in the third of our History Talks during the spring of 2022.

This online ​lecture, the latest in the Cathedral's ongoing series on History Talks, will surely be one of the most unusual.

John says:

"I got interested in eels because I was trying to understand the importance of the Dutch eel ships on 17th-century maps of London. Trying to answer basic questions about those maps opened up multiple paths of inquiry. Before I knew it (and very much to my surprise) I had become an eel historian in addition to being a map historian."

His current work examines the cultural history of eels in England from the tenth through to the seventeenth centuries, focusing on the eel’s role in economic change, the growth of a national English identity, and the evolution of spatial practice in early modern London. Find out more at

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