Celebrating Lady Loretta

This year we will be celebrating the life and death of Lady Loretta de Braose on Thursday 4th March, the anniversary of her death, at 19.30- 20.30 GMT with a talk by Dr Hilary Pearson D Phil:

Annora De Braose: The Recluse Of Iffley”

followed by Compline and prayers near the grave of Lady Loretta in St Stephen’s Canterbury.

Because of the pandemic this celebration will be streamed online; you will find the link at https://www.ststephenscanterbury.net/loretta2021/ and the recording will be available through that link afterwards.

Annora was Loretta’s sister and also an anchoress – in Iffley, Oxfordshire. Dr Pearson is a resident of Iffley and on the PCC of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley parish church. After a career as an intellectual property lawyer she obtained a doctorate in medieval history from the University of Oxford. One of her particular areas of interest is medieval religious women and their spirituality.

2021 is the 800th Anniversary of Loretta’s enclosure, and we will be commemorating that later in the year with a symposium on “Medieval Spirituality and the Modern World”. Details shortly on the Loretta page https://www.ststephenscanterbury.net/loretta2021/