Born in Oxford and a graduate of the University, Dorothy Sayers is perhaps most celebrated for the creation of the dashing upper-class sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, who features in over ten of her popular novels. She was also, however, the writer of various plays with religious themes that were performed in cathedrals and on the BBC, not least The Man Born to be King based around the life of Christ. Given her influence, Sayers stands with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien among those who shaped the English Christian imagination in the mid-twentieth century. In this opening lecture, Dr Mark Philpott explores her significance and legacy.
Dr Mark Philpott is Fellow by Special Election and a Senior Lecturer at Keble College, Oxford where his interests are largely medieval.