Report: A Celebration of Robert Grosseteste at Lincoln Cathedral

On the 10th October 2017 Bishop Grosseteste University held its celebration of Robert Grosseteste with its annual public lecture. This year we were delighted to invite Dr Angelo Silvestri from Cardiff University who provided an excellent lecture to an appreciative audience on, ‘From Romanesque darkness to Gothic light: the architectural and artistic role of Lincoln Cathedral in the episcopacies of Alexander of Lincoln, Hugh of Avalon and Robert Grosseteste.’

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A Guided Tour of the Chateau d’Amour: with video clips

IMG_0065Last week, on Friday 9th October, Michael Huxtable gave his lecture ‘A Guided Tour of the Chateau d’Amour’ as the Annual Bishop Grosseteste Lecture, at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. The 9th, at least according to the Anglican canon, is the commemorative day for Grosseteste, and the lecture was given in collaboration with Lincoln Cathedral. Michael’s lecture, on Grosseteste’s wonderful, image-heavy, poem of the fall and redemption of humanity, could not have been more appropriate for the occasion. To a full auditorium in the Robert Hardy theatre, Michael presented a tour-de-force of learning and sensitive reading, placing the Anglo-Norman poem, its allegory of the Virgin Mary as Castle, and extended commentary on the redemption of creation, into a series of contexts. Continue reading

Richard Bower: Public Lecture – Comparative Cosmologies

Richard Bower’s public lecture from the last Ordered Universe workshop in Lincoln, from the Chapter House of the Cathedral is now available. All those that were there and want to revisit the lecture will now be able to, and for those who were not able to be there, this is a real treat. De luce, the Grosseteste Equations, Dark Matter and Dark Energy all compared and contrasted! Enjoy. Continue reading

Cantus Infirmus in action

IMG_4068One of the more unexpected highlights of the workshop at Lincoln was the first public performance of some Perotin by the enthusiastic amongst the research group. After Richard’s lecture we made our way to the Grosseteste chapel, and with a short collect from David Thomson (Grosseteste expert and, by day, Bishop of Huntingdon), we made our musical offering. Continue reading

Comparative Cosmologies: Robert Grosseteste and Modern Cosmology

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Richard Bower’s public lecture during the Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University, workshop took place in the Chapter House, almost directly underneath a 19th century window of Grosseteste in reforming action. Having given the Grosseteste Day lecture in October 2013, this was a return Lincoln visit for Richard. His new lecture took the audience from the medieval universe, and the interpretation of Grosseteste’s De luce, to the modern universe and its interpretation through models and observation. Continue reading

Lincoln Workshop in Pictures

It is now just over six weeks since the workshop on the Liberal Arts in Lincoln; thoughts are still buzzing about the discussions and the treatises, and what the nature of inter-disciplinary research actually consists of, as well as the delight in new discoveries, learning and having one’s eyes well and truly opened. Here are a few photographic memories of the workshop: just seeing them jogs the mind to dwell further on what Grosseteste’s texts meant and what they represent. Continue reading

Singing for the Lincolnite

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA20140719_153207Grosseteste speaks in the De artibus liberalibus – On the Liberal Arts of the healing power of music, as part of a psychological study on proportion, harmony and the exercise of will and passion. As part of the workshop in Lincoln (hosted at and by Bishop Grosseteste University) next week, the newly formed ‘Cantus [In]firmus’ will be making a short musical offering in honour of the Lincolnite, whose appreciation for, and love of, music can be shown from his earliest works to the end of his days. Continue reading

Guest Blog on AHRC Science in Culture

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DSC_0621The Ordered Universe has a guest blog on the AHRC Science in Culture website, on the Being Human Festival, with more reflection on the experience of presenting Grosseteste and his wonderful imagination in a public forum. The Being Human Festival is running again next year: a terrific initiative, and an exciting way to present the wealth of ideas and projects dealing with the humanities. Ordered Universe will have its next public talk in Lincoln Cathedral Chapter-House: Thursday April 9th, 6.30 p.m. given by Richard Bower.

Visit to Lincoln Cathedral

The magnificent entrance to the Cathedral, and on the surviving romanesque sections.
The magnificent entrance to the Cathedral, and on the surviving romanesque sections.
And the view from the interior towards the entrance
And the view from the interior towards the entrance
Images from the front door...
Images from the front door…
more, from the door columns
more, from the door columns
Nave to pulpitum
Nave to pulpitum
Figures from the pulpitum, dividing nave and crossing from the quire
Figures from the pulpitum, dividing nave and crossing from the quire
And another
And another
The Dean's Eye window, from Grosseteste's time in the Chapter at Lincoln
The Dean’s Eye window, from Grosseteste’s time in the Chapter at Lincoln
The crossing, with bell hoist door.
The crossing, with bell hoist door.
Attentive response to the guided tour…
Guide and tour in the quire...
Guide and tour in the quire…
The quire.
The quire.
The man himself, or at least his tomb, covered with a scaffolding tower. Grosseteste.
The man himself, or at least his tomb, covered with a scaffolding tower. Grosseteste.
The Grosseteste Chapel - an opportunity for greater celebration of Grosseteste and his life, just waiting for a campaign.
The Grosseteste Chapel – an opportunity for greater celebration of Grosseteste and his life, just waiting for a campaign.
The Angel Quire and the place of the shrine of St Hugh.
The Angel Quire and the place of the shrine of St Hugh.
Angels in their realm of glory
Angels in their realm of glory
Tomb of Eleanor, wife of Edward I.
Tomb of Eleanor, wife of Edward I.
The Grosseteste window in the Chapter-House.
The Grosseteste window in the Chapter-House.
A somewhat 19th century Grosseteste reforming the Catholic Church...
A somewhat 19th century Grosseteste reforming the Catholic Church…
Ordered Universe Team in the Chapter House
Ordered Universe Team in the Chapter House
Tom, Cecilia and Hannah, with Grosseteste behind.
Tom, Cecilia and Hannah, with Grosseteste behind.