Heritage Workshops & Lectures; Spring 2013

The Medieval Boy Bishops: A strange, mysterious, violent, opulent history

Neil Mckenzie

At Longthorpe Tower

Wednesday 27 February, 7pm

Archived Event

Adults £8, Concessions and Vivacity Heritage Pass Holders £5

WEDS 27 FEB, 7PM

The rule of the boy bishops across Europe in the Middle Ages has a forgotten but disturbing history.

These boys, elected by their fellow choristers, held sway in cathedrals and churches across Europe, exercising some surprising powers and surrounded by elaborate ceremonies that were not only occasions of great festivity, but that were sometimes accompanied by bitter arguments, violence and even murder.

Join Neil Mckenzie as he discusses the work of his first book The Medieval Boy Bishops, the research for which stretched over more than 25 years. He was inspired by a love for the Middle Ages and a desire to make sense of age which was both very like and very unlike our own.

Light refreshments are included in the ticket price for this event and will be served prior to the lecture.

All workshops and lectures can be booked through Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663 or museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. Booking is essential for all workshops and strongly recommended for lectures.

These elaborate ceremonies were sometimes accompanied by bitter arguments, violence and even murder

The Medieval Boy Bishops: A strange, mysterious, violent, opulent history Performances

Wed 27 Feb 7:00pm Adults £8, Concessions and Vivacity Heritage Pass Holders £5 For Sale

Longthorpe Tower

  • Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 6LU
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