The Wilton Diptych is one of the most beautiful yet enigmatic paintings ever made and the hammer-beam angel roof of Westminster Hall has been described by the architectural historian John Harvey, as ‘the most outstanding individual work in the whole history of English art’. Both appear in the last decade of Richard II’s turbulent reign and they represent the high watermark of a period rich in artistic achievement. This lecture will focus on these two works of art but will also include other examples of art and architecture from late medieval England.
Mark Cottle is a native of the Scilly Isles and a graduate of Birmingham University, where he qualified in Medieval History. As a NADFAS affiliated speaker and in other roles, Mark has spent over 20 years as a lecturer in further and higher education, pursuing his crusade against the ever-increasing decline of medieval history in formal education. His lecture list is dominated by Anglo-Saxon, medieval and Tudor history and art history, though oddly his most popular talk is on Shackleton’s Endurance expedition of 1914 through the photographic record that survived. Mark runs two companies dedicated to halting the decline of interest in medieval history and organizes courses on this subject and others at Buckfast Abbey where there is a Conference Centre as well as a large supply of the well-known tonic wine.