In August 1914, British troops engaged in conflict at Mons apparently saw a protective vision of angels in the sky. This account remains the most enduring instances of supernatural intervention, much publicised at the time and still the subject of serious enquiry.
In a FREE lecture (sponsored by Brewin Dolphin) at 6.00 pm on Thursday 21st Auguest at the Lit & Phil, Gail-Nina Anderson looks at the evidence, the possible source in a contemporary short story, and other accounts of heavenly help in battle. It also views the Angels in terms of the visual culture of the time, illustrating a context where the imagery of Christian chivalry remained inspirational and vital even in the face of modern warfare.
Rest of 2014 programme, with three more themed mini-series of lectures - portraiture, sculpture and illuminating the darkness, and three Sunday study days.
Where might you find a mermaid advertising deodorant, a picture of a paella or a 3-D view of the Lourdes grotto? If you missed the free exhibition, curated by Gail-Nina Anderson, at the Lit & Phil this summer, you can see what you've missed in The Postcard: A Voyage of Discovery elsewhere on this site. And isn't that what postcards are all about?
Last update: 13th July 2014.