IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 219: Religion and Power in the Middle Ages: Public and Private Spaces

Monday 11 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Kate Giles, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Paper 219-aSpace and Meaning in Later Medieval England: Manor Houses and Parish Churches in the Yorkshire Wolds
(Language: English)
Briony Anne McDonagh, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History
Paper 219-bConflict or Agreement: Kentish Monastic Towns and their Lords
(Language: English)
Anna Anisimova, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Index terms: Local History, Social History
Paper 219-cAspects of Household Devotion: Evidence from Wills
(Language: English)
Lisa A. MacKinney, Department of History, University of Western Australia
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety, Religious Life

Grouped by IMC Programming Committee
Abstract Paper -a:
The paper uses documentary and landscape sources to reconstruct the settlement morphology of the Yorkshire Wolds, paying particular attention to the geographical relationships between manorhouses and parish churches. The speaker argues that it was not only the architecture of these buildings, but also the spatial relationships between manors, churches and settlements, that were integral to the practices by which social and political power was constituted. Questions about the proximity of manors and churches, and their peripherality to settlements, are examined. Critical consideration is also given to the meaning(s) attached to broader notions of space and territory in the medieval period.
Abstract Paper -b:
Monastic towns are well known because of the uprisings against their lords-monasteries. However, their relations did not consist only of conflicts. Both sides had their own goals and found different ways to reach them. The case study of small Kentish monastic towns – Faversham and Fordwich – can bring further understanding of “town-monastery” relations. The membership of these towns in the confederation of Cinque Ports (which can suggest the special king’s attitude and possibility to obtain help from other number-ports) makes the situation more complex and interesting. At the same time, study of these towns contributes to our knowledge about English medieval towns in general and small towns in particular.
Abstract Paper -c:
This paper discusses some of the activities of a religious nature that took place in medieval households in England, including devotional methodologies. Using evidence from a selection of wills, it looks at some of the religious implements that were owned and utilised in a private context, away from the parish church. The devotional context of such accoutrements is examined, and, where possible, suggestions are made regarding the relationship of private religious practices to the more structured forms of worship that took place within the physical space of the church.