Thursday 24th January 2018 – Marlow lecture: Reading Abbey

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology

The founding of Reading Abbey: its architecture, art and music

by John & Lindsay Mullaney

In this talk John and Lindsay combine their researches to explain how and why Reading Abbey came to be founded. John will examine the evidence about how the Abbey was built and designed as a place for both monks and pilgrims.

Lindsay will then look more closely at why Henry founded his royal abbey and examine the role pilgrimage and relics played in its early days. She will read a part of a rare surviving manuscript from Reading, now in the Gloucester Cathedral archives, recently republished in both Latin and English by Professor Brian Kemp. This will be one of the “miracle stories” about Reading’s most famous relic, the ‘Hand of St James’.

John will conclude by talking about the annual commemorations surrounding Henry I’s anniversary as revealed the newly discovered documents and published in Professor Kemp’s book. He will also show how this account helps us interpret the results of the ground penetrating radar survey, which was carried out in 2016, and how together they give us a better understanding of where Henry was buried. John will talk about, and play recordings, of examples of the music that we know were used on this anniversary and on other occasions.

Image: reconstruction of Reading Abbey by John R Mullaney, Fellow and Council member of the SAI.

Main Room, Liston Hall, Marlow  SL7 1DD  at 8pm 

Pay at the door: Members of MAS/AiM £3, Visitors £4.50, full-time students £1.50

Free parking is available after 7pm adjacent to the Liston Hall
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