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11 December 2018Glad Tidings: The Story of the Annunciation
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Glad Tidings: The Story of the Annunciation Imogen Corrigan Tuesday 11 December 2018

In the quietness of an enclosed garden filled with symbolic plants, or glimpsed inside a sturdy house, a young woman reads quietly, blissfully unaware that her life is about to change. Not just her life, but that of the western world and beyond. Approaching her, almost unwilling to interrupt her thoughts, an angel is poised to break the news, to make the great announcement.

Whatever your personal beliefs, it’s hard to deny the impact Christianity would have on the world so the Annunciation by Gabriel to Mary, telling her that she was to bear a son was one of the most popular images of the Middle Ages, more popular indeed than the Nativity itself.

This lecture reveals the key players in the story, dissects the symbolism of Mary and the Annunciation, and examines the world-changing importance of that particular moment. It is richly illustrated with gorgeous images from the fourth to the sixteenth century. 


Imogen Corrigan spent nearly 20 years in the British army and then went to the University of Kent to study Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History and Art, graduating with 1st class honours. She works as a freelance lecturer across Britain and Europe as well as lecturing on small cruise ships and running study tours on land.