The Story of Crete: A Microcosm of Europe Join Kenneth Padley as he explores 4000 years of Crete's culture, history, and influence within Europe. This hour-long talk will chart the successive fortunes of Minoans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, Venetians, Germans, and others, with particular reference to the evolution of religious and cultural characteristics. On Thursday 3rd February, 7.30 - 9pm, we will be delving into the fascinating history of Crete, questioning how this island is uniquely positioned to illustrate the major ideas, movements and events which have influenced Europe over the last four thousand years. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Crete is a cross-roads between east and west, north and south. It has been witness to the rise and fall of numerous civilizations and has produced distinct religious and cultural characteristics. After considering these characteristics, this talk will conclude with a consideration of what Crete's history might say to the crises of identity in our own island as we survey the post-Brexit landscape. This talk will be held online via Zoom. If you'd like to attend the event but are not free to join us live online, please do buy a ticket and you'll receive a link to the recording the following day. Find out more about using Zoom for our events About Kenneth Padley Kenneth Padley read Modern History at Exeter College, Oxford before working as Lay Assistant at St Barnabas Dulwich (2000-01). He trained for ordination at Cuddesdon near Oxford (2001-04) during which time he completed a BA in Theology and a Master of Studies (MSt) in Ecclesiastical History. Kenneth has previously delivered talks at St Albans Cathedral on a range of topics, including, but not limited to, Church History and the Middle Ages. We are delighted to be welcoming him back for this talk. Clergy and Reader Training Grants: Starting in January 2022, we are very pleased to be able to offer clergy and Readers in the diocese of St Albans complimentary access to our Adult Learning courses, talks, study days, and reading groups. To sign up for this event, please email [email protected] with your name and role and we will confirm your place.