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MEDIEVAL LIFE IN ART AND ILLUMINATION

BY KENNETH PARKER

APRIL 10 2018

MEDIEVAL LIFE IN ART AND ILLUMINATION
The Arts Society High Weald Study Day at Benenden Village Hall
Tuesday 10th April 10.30 am – 3.0 pm, coffee served from 10.0 am.
Price: £25 including coffee and light lunch. Glass of wine by donation.

Lecturer: Kenneth Parker
The day begins with an overview of the various sources which are available to provide us with illustrations of medieval life. These range from fine art, through illuminated manuscripts, psalters and breviaries to books of hours, house books, herbals and health manuals. These works are viewed in the context of who commissioned them and we study the main patrons throughout this period, who were the Church and the nobility.

In the second morning lecture, we look at the role of women in Medieval society. All women at that time were in thrall to men. We look at the most effective piece of male propaganda of all time which was to encompass this notion of superiority in the Biblical creation myth of the Garden of Eden, We shall also explore some elements of particular relevance to women: childbirth, witchcraft and superstition.

After lunch, the final session of the day looks at living conditions generally in the home: the accommodation, the furniture, the heating and cooking, the food and drink and some of the customs involved. This section will be divided into three distinct categories: the nobility, urban life, and the peasants. The domestic life in each of these cases was quite different and distinct. There were some customs which crossed the boundaries, of course, and social relationships which know no boundaries are particularly interesting.

Kenneth Parker read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge with a focus on Russian and Serbo-Croat, and then gained a further degree in French. He became a teacher and ten years on, he was appointed one of HM’s Inspectors of Schools, a post he retained until retirement. The Medieval aspect of his first degree included Church Slavonic and Glagolitic and this Study Day reflects his continued interest in this period.

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Previous Study Days in 2015 – 2017

Royal Progresses of the Tudor and Stuart Monarchs 1485 -1714 by Roger Mitchell

How to look after your Antique Furniture by Christopher Chanter

Art for the Modern Age; Painting in nineteenth-century France by Dr Lois Oliver.

Mozart:  the  Operatic Genius by Peter Medhurst

The Glories of English Watercolours by Ann Clements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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