Lecture: The Copts of Egypt

monastery copy

According to tradition, St Mark the Evangelist travelled to Egypt where he founded the Coptic Church in the First Century.

At this time the Church came under severe persecution from the Roman Empire and it is in this context that the first monasteries were founded in the deserts of Egypt.

This talk traces the history of the Coptic Church, monasticism and the life of the desert fathers, all brought to life with the aid of paintings, icons and frescoes.