Women and the Church of England in the Twentieth Century | The Novelist-Playwright: Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

While the ordination of women to the priesthood did not occur until 1994 in the Church of England, the  influence of women upon English religious and cultural life was none the less considerable. This series considers five Anglican women who shaped national life in different ways and whose religious and cultural influence is still felt.

Dorothy SayersBorn 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.