SPCK and Southwark Cathedral Present: A Very Brief History

Heritage Talk Special Event
  • Venue

    Southwark Cathedral Library

  • Time

    10:00 AM

  • Price

    £15 - £12.50

  • Book Tickets

Souhtwark Cathedral are delighted to be working with SPCK to present a day of Very Brief Histories.....

Founded in 1698, SPCK are the largest Christian publisher in the UK and the third oldest British publishing house still operating today. Through their diverse range of publishing and charity programmes, SPCK aim to make Christian ideas and values relevant and accessible to people of all faiths and none.

The SPCK Very Brief History series is a collection of short, accessible introductions written by world experts in their fields, looking at the history and legacy of people, movements and ideas that have shaped the world and how we understand it. For this day at Southwark Cathedral we welcome four speakers who will uncover the lives of Thomas More, Julian of Norwich, Immanual Kant and Byzantine Christianity.

Thomas More - A Talk by John Guy

John Guy considers the life and legacy of Thomas More asking: who was the real Thomas More? Was he the saintly, self-possessed hero of conscience of Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons or was he the fanatical, heretic-hunting torturer of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall? Which of these images of More has the greater historical veracity? And why does this man continue to fascinate, inspire and provoke us today?

John Guy is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He is recognised as one of Britain’s most exciting historians, having lectured extensively on Early Modern British History and Renaissance Political Thought in both Britain and the United States. He has presented documentaries for BBC 2 television, appears regularly on BBC Radio and he currently writes or reviews for several publications including The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

Julian of Norwich - A Talk by Janina Ramirez

Over six hundred years ago a woman known as Julian of Norwich wrote what is now regarded as one of the greatest works of literature in English. Janina Ramirez invites you to join her in exploring Julian’s remarkable life and times, offering insights into how and why her writing has survived, and what we can learn from this fourteenth-century mystic whose work lay hidden in the shadows of her male contemporaries for far too long.

Janina Ramirez is the course director on the Undergraduate Certificate and Diploma in History of Art at Oxford University. She has written and presented numerous BBC history documentaries and is the author of The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, passion and politics in Anglo-Saxon England (W. H. Allen, 2015).

Immanuel Kant - A Talk by Anthony Kenny

In 1740, at age 16, Immanuel Kant enrolled at the University of Königsberg to study mathematics – but was ultimately to become one of the foremost thinkers of the Enlightenment and one of the most influential Western philosophers of all time. Anthony Kenny takes a fresh look at the man behind the ideas, how his philosophy was formed by the world around him and how he went on to shape the world in his turn.

Sir Anthony Kenny FBA was educated at Upholland College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. From 1963 to 1989 he was at Balliol College, Oxford, first as Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, and then as Master. He later became Warden of Rhodes House, President of the British Academy and of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and Chair of the Board of the British Library. In 2006 he was awarded the American Catholic Philosophical Association's Aquinas Medal for his significant contributions to philosophy.

Byzantine Christianity - A Talk by Dame Averil Cameron

Averil Cameron explores the key components of Byzantine Christianity, from the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to its fall in 1453, and how it is still a living force today: the variety and vitality of Orthodox churches, the role of the Church in Russia and the enduring relevance of a spirituality derived from the church fathers.

Dame Averil Cameron, FBA, was formerly Warden of Keble College, Oxford. She is President of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies.

Further information

A ticket for the day allows entry to each talk.

Books for each talk will be available to purchase.

Your ticket entitles you to 10% off in the Cathedral Refectory and Shop. Please ensure you have your ticket with you if you decide to use this facility for lunch or wish to purchase from the shop.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is no parking in the vicinity of the Cathedral. We are a five minute walk away from London Bridge Station for Underground and Mainline trains. A number of buses also stop nearby either on London Bridge, at the station or at Borough High Street. For more information we recommend using https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Ruth Miller at ruth.miller@southwark.anglican.org

Does the ticket price include all the talks?

Yes - ticket holders can attend all the talks on the day or pick and choose individual talks.

Are the talks in the Cathedral?

No due to our regular services and other events taking place these talks are held in the elegant Cathedral Library.