IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 519: Religious Practices in Late Medieval Prayer Books

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:The Medieval Circle, Københavns Universitet
Organiser:Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Moderator/Chair:Bertil Nilsson, Department of Religious Studies, Theology & Classical Philology, Göteborgs Universitet
Paper 519-aReforming the Soul: Reading Female Monastic Devotion through Late Medieval Prayer Books
(Language: English)
June Mecham, Department of History, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 519-cThe Conception of Sin in Late Medieval Danish Prayer Books
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Hofdahl, Saxo Institutte, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Lay Piety, Monasticism, Religious Life

Prayer books are among the most important sources for ordinary religious practice at the end of the Middle Ages. The session brings together three studies of prayer books from Lower Saxony and Denmark. The focus of the papers is on daily devotional practices and individual religiosity, asking questions about the effects of monastic reform, about differences between the devotion of lay and religious women, about the impact of gender on religious practice, and about the inconsistencies of the classification of sins that is found in the prayer books.