St. Robert in his Time

St. Robert is brought to life by internationally renowned academics.

Saturday 14th July from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Gracious Street Methodist Church.

Tickets are £10 for General Admission and £2.50 for Concessions. They can be pre-booked on Eventbrite here.

The speakers for the event are:

  • Hazel Blair, Doctoral researcher, University of Lausanne: ‘Celebrating saints in the Middle Ages: Robert of Knaresborough in medieval manuscripts’. 

Hazel will lead an interactive session in which she will talk about different versions of Robert’s story and some of their most interesting features, including a short ‘medieval manuscripts exercise’.

  • Dr Ruth Salter, Lecturer in History, University of Reading: ‘St. Robert in Context: Holy Healing in the High Middle Ages’

In her talk Ruth will address points relating to posthumous miracles and those who sought out miraculous cures during the 12th and 13th Centuries.  She will talk about Robert and consider the broader topic of miraculous cure-seeking and pilgrimage at this time, including the types of primary materials available to us today.

  • Dr Laura Slater, Fulford Junior Research Fellow, Somerville College, University of Oxford: ‘St. Robert and the Holy Land’.  

Laura will discuss how the devotional lives of hermits and recluses such as St. Robert connected with the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Exploring the particular dangers, attractions of and alternatives to pilgrimage to the city of Jerusalem, she will suggest that St. Robert may have recreated some of the Christian holy places in his own chapel at Knaresborough.'

  • Prof Lindy Grant, University of Reading: St. Robert's contemporaries: charismatic preachers and hermits around 1200’

In the years around 1200, many people were worried that the end of the world, the Apocalypse, was very close. Partly because of this, there was a rash of charismatic preachers and hermits, like St. Robert, across Europe. I will be talking about some of the more colourful of them, including Sts John de Matha and Felix of Valois, the founders of the Trinitarian Order for the Redemption of Captives. The Trinitarian Priory at Knaresborough was an important member of this order, was the site of the burial of St. Robert's body, and the focus of pilgrimage to St. Robert's shrine.