Film: Power, Passion & Politics

HA Keynote Lectures 2016

Paula Kitching, published 25th July 2016

Keynote lecture from Dr Janina Ramirez

Power, passion and politics in Anglo-Saxon England

No amount of halos and gold leaf work in the books and on the walls can detract from the fact that becoming a saint was not a holy pursuit. In this lecture the brilliant Dr Janina Ramirez tells us how to pick up a relic on eBay and why if you don’t have the toe of a saint you won’t be whisked off to the afterlife to rejoin your chosen hero or heroine. This lecture brings to life the rebellion and contradictions of the men and women who will later be revered for their goodness. The smiling picture of saints and martyrdom will never be the same again.

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