Death of a Patriarch: the murder of John VII of Jerusalem (†966) and Christian life in Early Islamic Palestine.
This lecture will be given by Dr Daniel Reynolds, University of Birmingham, Lecturer in Byzantine History with particular interests in the Byzantine and early Islamic Levant (c.350-c.1099), “iconoclasm” and the history of peasant and non-elite communities (c.400-1000) in the Byzantine world. He is also currently co-director of the project “At the Crossroads of Empires: the Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno)”.
In 966, the 38th orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, John VII, was found hiding in a cistern in the Church of the Anastasis, and was murdered by a mob that had been whipped up by the governor of the city, Muhammad ibn Sinaji. John’s body was then dragged into the atrium of the Martyrion of Constantine, tied to a pillar and publically burnt before a crowd. In the ensuing riot, the churches of the Anastasis and Holy Sion were set alight and severely damaged. This episode is unique across the broader span of the early Islamic period in terms of the violence directed at an important Christian leader.
The lecture is followed by on optional drinks reception. Both are free to attend, but places are limited so booking is essential
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