Charles Freeman, author of A New History of Early Christianity (out now in paperback) and Holy Bones, Holy Dust (forthcoming in April) is running a study day on Early Christian Art in central London on Monday, March 14th.
Charles Freeman is a popular historian and specialist on the ancient world. He is the author of two fascinating Yale books that discuss the impact and legacy of Christianity. In A New History of Christianity Freeman shows how our current debates about the religion are rooted in the many controversies surrounding its birth, and the earliest attempts to resolve them. Exploring a different side to the faith, Holy Bones, Holy Dust: How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe explores the idea that the pervasiveness and variety of relics answered very specific needs of ordinary people across a darkened Europe under threat of political upheavals, disease, and hellfire.
Charles Freeman’s Early Christian Art Day promises to be an illuminating and rewarding experience led by a true expert in his field. The day begins with coffee at the Linnean Society in Burlington House at 10:30am followed by two introductory lectures. Participants will regroup in the Victoria and Albert Museum in the afternoon where Charles will discuss the Museum’s fine collection of Christian ivories.