Category Archives: Medieval History

Royal Death and Burial: Reading Abbey in Context

by Prof. Lindy Grant It takes a real effort of the imagination to see the past glory of Reading Abbey, founded in 1121 by King Henry I of England as his intended burial house, in the battered remains surviving today. … Continue reading

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Finding Evidence of Holy Healing: The Case of St Robert of Knaresborough

by Dr Ruth Salter My research explores the experiences of pilgrims who sought out miraculous cures through saint cults in medieval England. A key resource for this topic are the hagiographical sources which include reports of the posthumous miracles (collected … Continue reading

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Department seminar series, spring term 2019

All seminars are held on Wednesday at 4:30–6pm in Edith Morley 128. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome! Wednesday 23 rd, January, Professor Rebecca Rist (Reading), ‘Were Medieval Popes Anti-Judaic or Anti-Semitic?’ Wednesday 6 th February, Dr Dafydd Townley … Continue reading

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‘To err is human; to forgive, divine’ – Medieval popes and the concept of papal infallibility

By Professor Rebecca Rist. My research focuses on the history of religious culture and the medieval papacy, and especially the relationship between popes and specific social and religious minority groups, such as Jews (in my recent book, Popes and Jews, … Continue reading

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Magic, Medicine, Miracles: How Reading Abbey Helped to Invent Halloween

by Professor Anne Lawrence-Mathers On Saturday 27 October, I had the privilege of giving a public lecture for the Friends of Reading Abbey, in the presence of the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Debs Edwards. The event took place in St … Continue reading

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