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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Gettting Under Their Skins: History, Fiction and Art

7th October 2014, 18:15, Elvet Riverside 201, Sarah Dunant

A public lecture by novelist and broadcaster Sarah Dunant. 

In this sumptuously illustrated lecture, Sarah Dunant, international bestselling author of novels on the Italian Renaissance, shares the secrets of her trade. To recreate the past as a living, breathing place Sarah has visited churches, archives, museums and art galleries all over Italy. Here she tells the story of her discoveries: how the decoding of old paintings alongside the work of the most modern historians helped her to penetrate hidden worlds inside the Renaissance, finding wonder and drama in ordinary lives and exploring the complexities of politics and religion along with emotion, the senses and the heady appetites of body and soul.

Sarah’s novels include the acclaimed trilogy The Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan and Sacred Hearts, about women’s lives in Renaissance Italy, and most recently the first volume of a novel about the Borgia family, Blood and Beauty; she is currently working on the sequel.

This lecture is sponsored by St Cuthbert’s Society, the Dept of English Studies, and the Italian Dept. All are welcome. For further information please contact St Cuthbert’s Society at, or 0191 334 3400.

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