Alice Thornton (1626-1707) and her Rediscovered Manuscripts – LECTURE

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Date / time: 18 October, 7:30 pm

Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral

Alice Thornton (1626-1707) and her Rediscovered Manuscripts - LECTURE


In 2018-19 Cordelia Beattie located two missing manuscripts written by seventeenth-century Yorkshire woman, Alice Wandesford Thornton. One manuscript was in private hands and the other had been gifted to Durham Cathedral in the 1960s but had not been identified as a Thornton book. Alice Thornton lived during the period of the British Civil Wars and spent time in Ireland as well as England. In this talk, Professor Cordelia Beattie of the University of Edinburgh will tell us more about Alice Thornton, why she wrote four accounts of her life, her connection with Durham and how two of her manuscripts ended up in the Cathedral library.

This event is part of a series of events in October around the life and work of Alice Thornton. All events are listed and tickets can be reserved here: