Mary Magdalen in Art History: Penitent and Preacher – Jo Spreadbury

Saturday 4 May | 3.00 – 4.00pm
Sophia Sheppard Room, Magdalen College

The figure of Mary Magdalen has fascinated Christians down the centuries. Recent feminist analysis has separate out the Biblical story from the later legends, but the legend itself shows Mary, not only as a penitent but also as a missionary preacher who as far back as medieval times opened the possibility of an apostolic preaching role for women. The Revd. Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury is Canon Precentor at Portsmouth Cathedral.  She studied classics at Oxford, and completed a doctorate at King’s College, London on the origins, development, and influence of the medieval legends about St Mary Magdalen as preacher and apostle.

The foundation-stone of the College was sanctified on the fifth of May, 1474, by the venerable father Robert Toly, Bishop of St.  David’s, in his pontificals, and respectfully deposited in its place, the middle of the high altar, by president Tybard l.  The quarry of Hedington, which had been discovered in the reign of Henry the Third, was now in higher repute than that of Hinxey, and from it the stone for the edifice was taken.  We  find  Waynflete  contracting with  William  Orchyerd,  the  principal mason,  in  1475,  1478,  and  the  following year,  for  finishing  the  tower  over  the  gateway with  a  pyramid  sixteen  feet  high  above the  level  of  the  gutter;  for  crowning  the walls  of  the  chapel  and  hall  with  niched battlements,  for  a  coping  to  these  and  the library;  for  completing  the  chambers,  cloisters, and  other  imperfect  portions  of  the fabric;  and  for  fashioning  the  great  window of  the  chapel.

These special events held at Magdalen College Chapel are part of the commemoration of this significant anniversary.

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May 04 2024


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Sophia Sheppard Room, Magdalen College
Oxford OX1 4AU