Lecture - Dr. Elza Tiner


Tuesday, October 23, 2012
4:30 p.m.
Daura Gallery
Event Details: 
Dr. Elza C. Tiner, professor of English and Latin, will present "The Mysterious Lady of Wells and Thomas Chaundler's Defense of Human Nature." While working on the correlations between the thirteenth-century Latin encyclopedia, Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum Historiale, and the fifteenth-century play, Thomas Chaundler, Liber Apologeticus de Omni Statu Humanae Naturae (Apology for the Defence of Human Nature in Every State) c. 1460, a mystery unfolded, one that has led from the Latin text, to illustrations with the play, to architecture at New College, University of Oxford, where the playwright was a student and later chancellor, and to an excavated wall painting in the throne room of the palace of Thomas Bekynton, bishop of Bath and Wells, the playwright’s friend and patron. Correlations between drawings of scenes from the play and the text suggest that the play was performed at Wells, in or near the bishop’s palace, with the illustrations mirroring both text and performance space. The proposed lecture details the research process that led to this discovery.

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