Wednesday Lecture - The midwives at the Nativity by Jane Salvage and Mark Roberts
Two midwives, Salome and Zelmane, are often seen in medieval and renaissance paintings and other representations of the Nativity of Christ. They were first mentioned in the apocryphal Legend of the Doubting Midwife, variously interpreted as Jesus' first miracle, cautionary tale or punishment of an uppity woman. We investigate where they appear, what they represented, and why they disappeared. Jane Salvage is a global nursing leader and Mark Roberts organises the Institute’s programme of lectures.