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Winters in the World: A Journey through the Anglo-Saxon Year with Dr Eleanor Parker

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It was in the early medieval period that many of the festivals we know today were first celebrated in this country, after the Anglo-Saxon conversion to Christianity resulted in the development of a new festival calendar which blended together pagan and Christian traditions. This talk given in August 2022 looks at how Anglo-Saxon writers thought about the yearly journey through the seasons – from midwinter to midsummer, spring to harvest – and considers the profound relationship they saw between human life, the rhythms of nature and the divine.

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