See the world in a medieval light

Tuesday 4 September 2018

Dr Janina Ramirez to speak at Peterborough Cathedral, Friday 21 September.

In Peterborough Cathedral, just yards from the display of the Spacecraft that took Tim Peake and his fellow astronauts to the International Space Station and back, historian Dr Janina Ramirez will shed a medieval light on humankind’s place in the universe.

On Friday 21 September at 7.30pm, the broadcaster and author will be speaking on the topic of ‘The World in a Hazelnut: Medieval Wisdom and Mysticism’. Her insight into medieval spirituality will examine centuries-old ideas about our place in the natural world and see what we might learn for our own day and age.

Dr Ramirez has a passion for communicating ideas about the past and finding shared human concerns across time zones. She is based at the University of Oxford and has presented numerous TV documentaries on art and history. Her 2015 BBC TV series, ‘Saints and Sinners: Britain’s Millennium of Monasteries’ included Peterborough Cathedral in one of its episodes. Her books include ‘Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History’ and ‘The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England’. This year she also published a book for children entitled ‘Riddle of the Runes, a Viking Mystery’.

The 21 September event is presented in collaboration with Peterborough Eco-Faith Network and Peterborough Theological Society. There will be a bookstall courtesy of Waterstones.

Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions), including a glass of wine or soft drink after the talk. Tickets are available online here or from Peterborough Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough, on 01733 451336.

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