Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Dr Susan Kilby invites you on a beast hunt in Castor church! You must register to obtain joining instructions. This talk will be on Zoom

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So what are the stories about the beautiful tower capitals in Castor church? They feature an array of creatures from both the natural and supernatural worlds, and Susan will guide us through the scheme and place it within its contemporary landscape context, as experienced by the early twelfth-century rural inhabitants of our village. The images reminded locals that the demonic and ungodly could be found within commonplace spaces, and that those commonplace spaces were recognizable as the environment immediately outside the church door, in the fields, meadows and woodlands of medieval Castor.

Susan has always been drawn to Castor. Her parents were married in Castor church and St. Kyneburgha’s and the local landscape has been her muse for many years. Today Susan is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. She contributed to the 2014 Supplement to The Five Parishes and has just published a new book, Peasant Perspectives on the Medieval Landscape: a Study of Three Communities (which includes research on medieval Castor).

This is the first of two talks. The second - "The Normangate Mystery" will take place on the 12th November.

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