Joe Flatman discusses themes and issues in his book "Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts", including the social implications of the massive maritime technological development in the medieval period and the impact of Christianity on maritime images. Interviewed by Ellie Russell. Recorded on 29 May 2009
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Britain is a maritime nation that a century or two ago boasted the world’s largest navy. Today, the names of shipping areas in the surrounding seas are embedded in the British national psyche — thanks to the BBC’s Shipping Forecast bulletin, a cultural phenomenon beloved by seafarers and landlubbers alike.
In this fascinating lecture to accompany the Taking Liberties exhibition, Nicholas Vincent – author, and Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia – talks about the great icon of liberty: its background, its significance, and its various physical incarnations. He also punctures a few myths about this most legendary of documents.
Recorded on 24 Nov 2008
How the Bayeux Tapestry Works — The Bayeux Tapestry is considered the one of the most important images of the Medieval Age. It’s a stunning piece of art, and it covers a crucial event in Western history: The Norman Conquest of Britain. Tune in to learn more about the Bayeux Tapestry.