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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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History of the Book Lecture 2013: Reading the Lindisfarne Gospels: image, text, context

30th October 2013, 17:30, The Chapel, St Chad's College , Prof. Michelle Brown, University of London


In connection with the major loan exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham (1 July-30 September 2013), the lecture programme for 2013 explores the Lindisfarne Gospels and its world.

We are delighted to welcome Michelle P. Brown, FSA, Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Professor Brown is also a Visiting Professor at University College, London and at Baylor University and is a Distinguished Scholar to the Green Scholars Initiative. She was formerly the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and a Lay Canon of St Paul's Cathedral. She has lectured, broadcast and written extensively on the Middle Ages and is a leading expert on the Lindisfarne Gospels and its age. Her books, to accompany the 2003 facsimile, include: The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe (BL, 2003); the exhibition guidebook Painted Labyrinth: the World of the Lindisfarne Gospels (BL, 2003); and The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Early Medieval World (BL, 2011).

This lecture will examine the relationships between the materiality of the Lindisfarne Gospels - the way in which it was constructed and illuminated - and the historical circumstances surrounding its manufacture and the early establishment of the cult of St Cuthbert.

The lecture will be followed by a reception, and a three-course dinner in the Undercroft Restaurant.

The lecture & reception are free. The cost of the meal will be £35. 

We are pleased to be able to offer six dining places for postgraduate students for a reduced price of £15: these will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. 

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