Murray Seminar: Britons and Anglo-Saxons in Sixteenth-Century Rome: the 1580s fresco cycle at the English College

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Venue: The Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43, Gordon Sq., London, WC1H OPD

Part of our Murray Seminar programme on Medieval and Renaissance Art. All seminars are held at 5pm. A break at 5.50pm is followed by discussion and refreshments.

William Allen referred to Bede’s Ecclesiastical History as a seminarian’s reader because it proved that Christianity in Britain derived directly from the Catholic church in Rome from its very origins. This was an important argument in the context of Tudor persecution of Catholics because of the Protestant assertion that British Christianity had taken root long before the missions of Augustine of Canterbury introduced the corrupted Roman version of Christianity. This paper will consider the earliest part of the fresco cycle in the English College, which survives as printed images, in light of this deliberate historiographical choice.

This series of seminars on medieval and renaissance art is supported by the bequest established in memory of Professor Peter Murray, the Department's founder.