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St. Swithuns Lecture Series

The EMRG’s St. Swithun’s Public Lecture Series

The ERMG is pleased to announce a new biannual public lecture series that will take place at St. Swithun’s Church, Worcester. The first St Swithun's Lecture on 29 August 2010 (2 pm) sits within the Worcester Festival programme and will see EMRG historian Dr Darren Oldridge talk about how the Devil was a commanding figure in Tudor and Stuart England and played a leading role in the religious and political conflicts of the age; he will also discuss the relationship between the Devil and God, and phenomena such as witchcraft and demonic possession. Click for the Worcester News article announcing the event.

For the second St Swithun’s Lecture in June 2011, Dr Jerome de Groot (University of Manchester) will offer a talk entitled ‘Welcome to Babylon’: Performing and Screening the English Civil Wars’, which explores the ways in which the English Civil Wars have been represented in film, television, drama and novel form over the past fifty years. The talk will look in particular at Cromwell, Witchfinder General, Blackadder and The Devil's Whore. The exact date for the event will be announced in due course.