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2015 Magna Carta Seminar with Lesley Smith (Cancelled)

  • Course Dates: Sat 21 February 2015, 10:00 am to 12:45 pm

Please note this seminar has been cancelled due to a family emergency.

The rescheduled lecture will take place on Friday 24 July in Salisbury Cathedral. The rescheduled seminar will take place on Saturday 25 July in Salisbury Cathedral Library.

Professor Lesley Smith will run two sessions on medieval manuscripts at Salisbury Cathedral Library.

The Cathedral Library preserves medieval manuscripts whose contents and physical presence bring to life the teaching and learning of the Middle Ages.

Though not lavishly illuminated, the developing form of these books shows medieval scholars wrestling with new and appropriate ways of presenting knowledge, with innovation in design and layout. Within the space of a century, we can trace how “book technology” was adapted to keep up with the demands of new ideas.

Nothing needed except an interest in books and clean hands!

There will be two seminar sessions, one from 10am to 11.15am and the second from 11.30am to 12.45pm. Please note that access to the library at Salisbury Cathedral is via a narrow staircase consisting of 37 steps.

Seminar is £10 and includes refreshments at Sarum College. Places are very limited. Optional lunch is available at Sarum College at 1pm priced at £8.75. Telephone 01722 424800 or email courses@sarum.ac.uk for all booking enquiries.

Subsequent lectures and seminars

Lectures: Neil MacGregor (6 March), Dominic Grieve (12 March), Robin Griffith-Jones (27 March), Chris Dyer (24 April), Nicholas Vincent (15 May), Dick Howard (7 June) and Lord Igor Judge (18 June) Seminars: Robin Griffith-Jones (28 March), Chris Dyer (25 April) and Nicholas Vincent (16 May)

Course Details

Sat 21 February 2015
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
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Dr 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..
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This seminar takes in Salisbury Cathedral Library.