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.

The lecture will be followed by wine and snacks. 

Suggested donation: Members €5; non-Members €10


This season is made possible by a generous donation from Xena Lemos, matched by Michael and Alessandra Griffiths, in memory of their son John.