The 31st All Saints' Lecture at Brixworth Church, Northants will be held on Saturday 2nd November at 5pm. The speaker this year is Prof. Leslie Brubaker, professor of Byzantine Art at the University of Birmingham, who will talk on 'Brixworth and Byzantium'. All are welcome. Details of the 2013 lecture are here <http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/mrc/events/31st-brixworth-lecture> (with information about past lectures and how to order <http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/mrc/events/the-brixworth-lecture-series> them) and on the poster below. The starting point for this year's lecture is the much anticipated publication of the Brixworth archaeological survey by David Parsons and Diana Sutherland: The Anglo-Saxon Church of All Saints, Brixworth, Northamptonshire: Survey, Excavation and Analysis, 1972-2010 [Hardback] which was published by Oxbow in June this year (and is on special offer <http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/the-anglo-saxon-church-of-brixworth-northamptonshire.html>
at the moment). This is a major publication of a major Anglo-Saxon building (comparable in scale to Wulfred's early 9th C cathedral in Canterbury) and is a 'must have' for all Anglo-Saxonists' libraries. Parsons and Sutherland's work has established that this spectacular church was built c. 800, and recognises firmly the European context in which it was built. At this time Western Europe was dominated by Charlemagne's Frankish kingdom. To the east lay the Byzantine Empire centred on the imperial city of Constantinople. At the turn of the ninth century, Byzantium was ruled by a woman, the Empress Irene (797-802), who overturned the iconoclast policies of her predecessors, restoring the veneration of icons to the eastern Church. Byzantine attitudes towards images were known and had been discussed in the west since at least the time of Bede (d. 735). Prof. Brubaker's lecture provides an opportunity to reflect on how an Anglo-Saxon church like Brixworth would have been decorated when it was built, c. 800, and what its priests and worshippers would have thought about Byzantine concerns about depictions of Christ and All Saints.