2023 Festival Event

Richard Harries

Richard Harries

Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford, gives an insight into Majesty, an anthology published in honour of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the anniversary of her death on 8 September last year.  Combining paintings from the Royal Collection with quotations from the Queen’s Christmas broadcasts, it is a moving and powerful presentation of how faith sustained Her Majesty throughout her reign.  Bishop Harries discusses the research involved in curating the anthology.  Each painting has been chosen to portray an important episode in the life of Christ – from the joy of the nativity to the mystery and majesty of the resurrection. 

Richard Harries is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Professor of Theology.  He is a life peer – Baron Harries of Pentregarth – and the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Seeing God in Art and most recently, his autobiography The Shaping of a Soul – A Life taken by surprise, published earlier this year. 

Richard Harries - Majesty

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