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Holy Places, Holy People, and Holy Time: Sacred Space and the Medieval Social Imaginary

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
University Church (above the Vaults and Garden Café),High St, Oxford OX1 4BJ
Old Library


The medieval landscape was interwoven with imaginative engagements with the Christian story. Drawing on the philosophy of Charles Taylor, Dr Mark Clavier, Vice Principal of St Stephen’s House, will offer a way of understanding how this interplay between sacred places (such as parish churches, monasteries, and shrines) and sacred time (daily worship and the liturgical year) shaped the medieval imagination and how people engaged with their world.

This is part of a six-part series of talks on the important role that architecture – both physical and representational – played in the imaginative, artistic, and theological life of early medieval England.

Talks will range from the layout and construction of actual early medieval buildings to the symbolic use of architecture in literary texts in order to demonstrate the pervasive importance of architecture in early medieval thought. 

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