The Story of St. Robert & Knaresborough Mummers Play

Peter Lacey will tell the story of St. Robert using images of places that he was associated with and against a rich tapestry of the saint’s 12th Century context.  It’s a story of one person’s journey through life seeking purpose and meaning in a world of religious, economic and political change.  Come and hear how Knaresborough’s own saint found that purpose in serving the people of our town. The Knaresborough Mummers will also be performing their new play ‘Eugene Aram and the Hermit’ at the start of the evening.

Peter Lacey’s talk and the Knaresborough Mummers play are part of a year-long programme of events in celebration of St Robert’s 800th anniversary.  Robert, who was born in the late 12th Century in York, spent most of his life in and around Knaresborough and far from being the traditional reclusive hermit was actively involved in helping the poor and needy and even had a memorable encounter with King John.

Peter’s fascinating talk will shed light on our very own local saint and the efforts being made this year to bring him into the limelight.

The books ‘Tales of a Celebrity Hermit’ (£5) will be available to buy on the night and Peter will be happy to sign copies.

The Knaresborough Mummers irreverent new play ‘Eugene Aram and the Hermit’ features an encounter between Knaresborough’s most notorious villain and the local saint.  Riotous history as it never happened!

Date:  Thursday 16th August

Time: doors open 6.45pm, start time 7pm

Venue: Knaresborough Library

Price:  £5