A PARADISE GARDEN:

THE ART OF NATURAL MEDIEVAL SYMBOLS

                                                                                     

Our churches and cathedrals are packed with symbols that make much better sense if you understand the meanings and associations behind them. An author of five monographs on cathedrals, the speaker presents a guide on how to see through medieval eyes, using manuscripts and paintings to emphasise the world-view that saw order and meaning expressed through the colours, numbers, shapes and behaviour of plants and animals. Once you see the logic of the language, there's no going back !


Jonathan Foyle is the author of seven books on cathedrals and castles, and a specialist in medieval architecture and symbolism. His career began at Canterbury Cathedral, then as Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court and Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain, responsible for transforming historic sites. Since 2015 he has been freelance, researching and presenting historic sites from the 15th-18th centuries. He is best known for broadcasts, presenting series for the BBC, and contributing to popular history programmes like Time Team.