2013 Brixworth Lecture
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
students of Anglo-Saxon art, history and architecture
BRIXWORTH & BYZANTIUM
Professor Leslie Brubaker
Professor of Byzantine Art,
The University of Birmingham
The 31st Brixworth Lecture will be held at All Saints' Church, Brixworth on Saturday 2 November at 5:00pm. All are welcome.
A detailed archaeological survey of All Saints' Church in Brixworth, published in 2013, has established that this spectacular church was built in the late eighth or early ninth century, and recognises firmly the European context in which it was built. At this time Western Europe was dominated by Charlemagne's Frankish kingdom. To the east, however, lay the Byzantine Empire, centred on the imperial city of Constantinople. At the turn of the ninth century, Byzantium was ruled by a woman, the Empress Irene (797–802), who overturned the iconoclast policies of her predecessors, restoring the veneration of icons to the eastern church. Eastern attitudes towards images were known and discussed in the west since at least the time of Bede (d. 735). Prof. Brubaker's lecture provides an opportunity to reflect on how an Anglo-Saxon church like Brixworth would have been decorated c. 800, and what its priests and worshippers would have thought about far-away Byzantine attitudes to depictions of Christ and his Saints.