External lecture: A Medieval Summer Solstice - Science in the 14th-century Abbey of St Albans

at Nave, St Albans Cathedral & Online via Zoom

Speaker: Seb Falk. The Abbey will celebrate the summer solstice with a talk on how the seasons shaped the lives – and the scientific knowledge – of the monks of St Albans Abbey.  People in the Middle Ages not only adapted their daily lives to the changing seasons: they also tracked the lengthening daylight and shortening shadows in order to tell the time, set their calendars and even prove the Earth is round.  Seb Falk will show us how, drawing on his acclaimed book, The Light Ages. The cost is £10 (£6 for students). To book, visit the Cathedral website.

Seb Falk is a historian at the University of Cambridge, and a BBC New Generation Thinker.  His book The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery was a 2020 Book of the Year in The Times, The Telegraph and BBC History Magazine.

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