Today, feathers are an extravagant accessory in fashion; 500 years ago, however, they were used to constitute culture, artistry, good health and even courage in battle. This unlikely material is now part of a project that promises to tell us more not only about what happened in the past, but also about how it felt to be there.
Things structure our lives. They enrich us, embellish us and express our hopes and fears. Here, to introduce a month-long focus on research on material culture, four academics from different disciplines explain why understanding how we interact with our material world can reveal unparalleled insights into what it is to be human.
University of Cambridge to host high-level event to commemorate German Reformation’s 500th anniversary19 Jan 2017
Speakers including The Rt. Rev and Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will address the complex issues of Martin Luther’s divisive legacy
An ambitious opera, telling the story of an infamous witch trial, was premiered in October. A film of Kepler's Trial the Opera is now available online. The project was conceived by historian Professor Ulinka Rublack whose recent research shines new light on a 400-year-old scandal.
He is best remembered for the magnificent portraits he produced as the court painter of Henry VIII; but a new study of Hans Holbein’s famous ‘Dance Of Death’ suggests that he also had strong anti-establishment views, creating works which foreshadowed modern satire.
Ulinka Rublack, Professor of Early Modern European History, discusses the reputation of astronomer Johannes Kepler and his mother Katharina, and the criminal trial for witchcraft that lasted six years.
Why did nobody expect the Spanish Inquisition? Were their chief weapons really fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and a cushion? Cambridgeshire schoolchildren are invited to find out at an afternoon workshop, being held on 3rd November as part of Cambridge History for Schools.