Public Lecture: Abbots as Historians
Thursday 27th February 2020
5.00pm - 6.00pm
Downside Abbey Visitor Centre
In this public lecture, Dr Benjamin Pohl (University of Bristol) will explore how and why medieval Benedictine abbots engaged first-hand with the writing of history by recording the traditions and collective memories of their monastic communities.
Which resources were available to these abbot-historians that ordinary monks did not have at their disposal? What difference did it make when the monastic historian was himself an abbot? Was it common for medieval abbots to pick up the pen, or was it an exception?
Booking for the event is essential by emailing Steve Parsons firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01761 235323
The event is free and refreshments will be available.