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Oct 06 2022


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Autumn Lecture Series: Prof James Palmer

The third in our Autumn Lecture series sees Prof James Palmer discuss Wilfrid, Willibrord and the Frisian mission

About this event

Join us for the third in our Autumn Lecture Series as we delve into 1,350 years of Ripon Cathedral’s history and heritage, focussing on the life and legacy of our founder, St Wilfrid.

A lineup of leading academics will explore the many dimensions of St Wilfrid’s work, examining international links and the personalities of his contemporaries, as well as his incredible legacy.

Entrance to the Autumn Lecture Series is free but a retiring collection will be taken. Donations to support the work of Ripon Cathedral are greatly appreciated.

Doors will open at 7pm. The bar will be open before the lecture begins at 7.30pm.

Prof James Palmer: Biography

I was born in Nottingham and studied in Sheffield (BA and PhD) and Cambridge (MPhil). I held posts at the universities of Leicester and Nottingham, before moving to St Andrews in 2007.

Research areas

My research focuses on culture and religion c. 400-900. I am particularly interested in the movement of ideas and people across different cultural worlds – across Eurasia and Africa – and the consequences of the exchanges involved.

My first book, Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World 690-900 (2009), explored this theme in relation to the memorialisation of the work of English missionaries in and beyond the Merovingian and Carolingian Rhineland. I then worked on The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages (2014), supported by an AHRC Research Fellowship (2010-11). In that book, I sought to establish a more comparative, Europe-wide perspective on the theme. This was developed further in Early Medieval Hagiography (2018), which saw me start to think more about comparison with Chinese and Japanese Buddhist sources too.

At present, I hold a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2018-21) for the project Science and Belief in the Making of the Early Medieval World. I also hope to use this, and my previous work, to begin a global history of religious and cultural interactions in the period.

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