Professor Paul Binski: Westminster Abbey and the Coronation: Ritual and Order in the Middle AgesWednesday 10th May 6.00PM BST
As the United Kingdom celebrates the coronation of a new monarch, we are delighted to welcome distinguished historian Professor Paul Binski as our guest speaker, for a special lecture dedicated to the history of rite and ritual in Westminster Abbey.
Power in all its forms seeks continuity and legitimacy, and this was especially true of the Middle Ages when power was sustained by religious belief and ritual. Rituals of royal burial and inauguration made a profound impact on Westminster Abbey, a church built deliberately to house all these functions. This lecture will explore the ways the Abbey’s outstanding medieval art and architecture promoted authority and an idea of order, as well as using prestigious models in France and Italy. It will look closely at the actual physical context and furnishing of the Abbey’s ritual spaces. And, as it will show, things did not always go smoothly…
Paul Binski is Emeritus Professor of the History of Medieval Art at Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and was Slade Professor, Oxford University, 2006-7. His publications include Westminster Abbey and the Plantagenets (1995), Becket’s Crown. Art and Imagination in Gothic England 1170-1300 (2004), Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice and the Decorated Style 1290-1350 (2014) and most recently Gothic Sculpture (2019). He now writes widely on general issues of aesthetics, rhetoric and the visual arts in the Middle Ages and is at present publishing a series of lectures on architecture and affect in the Middle Ages. Please click here paul-binski-publications (1) for a full list of Professor Binski’s publications.
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Image: Cosmati pavement dated 1268, the site of anointing and crowning of English kings. Copyright Dean and Chapter of Westminster
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