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The final lecture returns to England, exploring Wilfrid’s relationship with another pioneer, his fellow-Northumbrian Benedict Biscop

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Wilfrid and Benedict Biscop: Revisiting their Gallic Connections

Professor Ian Wood

Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds

The final lecture returns to England, in that it explores Wilfrid’s relationship with another pioneer, his fellow-Northumbrian Benedict Biscop, who founded the monasteries of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow. Yet what Professor Wood focuses upon is the international nature of their world through his examination of their connections in Gaul. It is a fitting conclusion to our exploration of the richness of ‘Wilfrid’s World’ — a world that helps us understand what Wilfrid established here in Ripon and the legacy we have in our crypt, built 1350 years ago.

As we celebrate the 1350 anniversary of our crypt, built by St Wilfrid in 672, we also celebrate his role in the spread of Christianity in England and on the continent. And so, as part of this special year, we are taking the opportunity to explore Wilfrid’s national and international importance in a series of four talks which draw upon the latest research.

Join us to look outwards from Ripon to ‘Wilfrid’s World’. Register here: Eventbrite

Each of our speakers has researched and published on Wilfrid and his rich network of colleagues and associates, patrons and protégés. Come and discover more about them in this series of free lectures, and talk to the speakers afterwards over a glass of wine.

Entrance to the Autumn Lecture Series is free but a retiring collection will be taken. Donations to support the work of Ripon Cathedral are greatly appreciated.

Doors will open at 7pm. Refreshments will be served after the conclusion of the lecture.

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