The 2023 Zernov Lecture in association with the Maison française d’Oxford 

Thursday 18 May at 5pm, Maison française d’Oxford, The 2023 Zernov Lecture in association with the Maison française d’Oxford 

Introductory remarks by

  • Rebecca White, The House of St Gregory & St Macrina & Regent’s Park College, Oxford
  • Nicolas Zernov (1898-1980). From Paris to Oxford: a Journey for Unity 
  • Mary B. Cunningham, Honorary Associate Professor of Historical Theology at the University of
  • Nottingham
  • Mary, the Mother of God, as Ascetic Virgin in Byzantine and Orthodox Tradition

Mary B. Cunningham is the recent author of The Virgin Mary in Byzantium, c.400-1000: hymns, homilies and hagiography, Cambridge, CUP, 2022. She is a specialist of Byzantine preaching, homiletics and rhetorical techniques and has contributed many articles on the subject. In 1998, Mary co-edited the first volume of the Brill series “A New History of the Sermon” with P. Allen (Preacher and audience: studies in early Christian and Byzantine homelitics, Leiden, Brill). With E. Theokritoff, she published The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology, Cambridge, CUP, in 2008. Her current research topics include a translation and a commentary of Epiphanios of Kallistratos’s Life of the Virgin Mary (early 9th century) to appear in the series Translated Texts for Byzantinists (Liverpool University Press) in June 2023.

The lecture will be followed by a cheese and wine reception. All welcome.

The Zernov Lecture is co-sponsored by 

The House of St Gregory and St Macrina Oxford

The Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius

The St Theosevia Trust


Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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