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2015 Magna Carta Lectures with Lesley Smith (Rescheduled Date)
- Course Dates: Fri 24 July 2015, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Professor Lesley Smith – Renewal and Reform: Archbishop Langton in a Circle of New Ideas.
Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1207 to 1228, is credited as the key intellectual influence behind the ideas that went into making Magna Carta. This talk will not deal with the Charter itself, but will instead focus on Langton, his education and teaching career in Paris, and the intellectual circle to which he belonged.
Paris was the European centre of theological research at this time, and Langton was part of arguably its most exciting and innovative group of scholar-clerics, all linked to master Peter the Chanter at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Their lively discussions about the reform of the Church and society set the scene for the events of 1215.
Professor Lesley Smith is professor of medieval intellectual history at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, where she also teaches the history of political ideas. Her research focuses on ideas raised by the academic study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, and especially on the manuscripts which survive from that study.
Tickets are £7 and are available by phoning 01722 424800, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door. Follow-up seminar takes place on Saturday 25 July in Salisbury Cathedral Library priced at £10. Places limited. Lecture takes place in Salisbury Cathedral. This is the rescheduled lecture from the one cancelled in January due to a family emergency.
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Seminars: Lesley Smith (25 July)