The Arts Society Harpenden Area

The Book, The Devil and my Uncle’s Bagpipe

Lecturer: Sophie Matthews

Thursday 21st November 2024 at 10.30am

This lecture looks at the story of a remarkable book published in 1539 called In Chaldaicam Lingua. It was published by Theseo Ambrogio. Ambrogio also had an eccentric uncle who was an inventor and had invented a brand new kind of bagpipe, he included the designs for his Uncle’s Bagpipe in his new book of prayers. As well as the details of a seance he held with the devil…complete with the devil’s answer. Sophie Matthews is a musician and her interest in this book came through the musical side. As part of the lecture she has a reconstruction of the Uncle’s Bagpipe to play for you, as well as an original copy of the book.

All the lectures start at 10.30am promptly and last for an hour. Free tea and coffee is available from 10am prior to the start of the lecture.

Annual membership will be £45 during 24/25. The guest fee will be £8 per lecture.

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