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Special lecture to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation


Singing the Reformation in English: A Historical and Practical Introduction to Miles Coverdale’s Goostly Psalmes and Spirituall Songes by Henrike Lähnemann, Chair of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics and Fellow of St Edmund Hall. The lecture will be held in the Shulman Auditorium and it will be followed by Evensong in the College's Chapel at 6.30 pm with hymns from Coverdale’s hymnbook.

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses which set in motion the German Reformation. Its rapid spread was based on the successful combination of three key activities: printing, translating - and singing!

The Queen’s College Library holds a unique object which brings these three key themes together: the only surviving copy of the first printed hymnbook, Miles Coverdale’s Goostly psalmes and spirituall songes drawen out of the holy Scripture, for the comforte and consolacyon of soch as loue to reioyse in God and his Worde (The Queen’s College Library, shelf mark Sel.d.81(4)). In the lecture, Henrike Lähnemann will provide a hands-on (and voice-on) exploration of the new genre of the Protestant hymn book.

The talk is part of the programme of the ‘Workshop for Manuscript and Text Cultures’ (WMTC) at The Queen’s College.

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