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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1002: Commemoration and Remembrance, I: Gift Giving and the Commemoration of the Dead

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Truus van Bueren, Medieval Memoria Online Project
Annemarie Speetjens, Department of Medieval History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Truus van Bueren, Medieval Memoria Online Project
Paper 1002-aIn mei memoriam: Hollow Phrase or Intentional Formula?
(Language: English)
Arnoud-Jan A. Bijsterveld, Department of Sociology, Universiteit van Tilburg
Index terms: Lay Piety, Liturgy, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1002-bComparing Gifts and Memorialisation in Two 15th-Century Towns
(Language: English)
Andrew F. Butcher, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Lay Piety, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1002-cFrom the Creation of Institutional Memory to the Making of the Archive: Canterbury Cathedral Priory in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Lynne Bowdon, Canterbury Cathedral Archives The Precincts CANTERBURY CT1 2EH
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities

During the Middle Ages the commemoration of the dead played a prominent role in society, as it was fundamental for devotional practice. These three sessions however examine 'commemoration and remembrance' from a much broader perspective. The first session focuses on the interplay between gift-giving and the commemoration of the dead. On one hand, it examines the commemorative intentions of donators, as gifts to religious institutions were usually made to contribute to the keeping of the memory of the benefactor. However, it is the question whether these were the donor’s own intentions, or whether they were just hollow phrases inserted by the clerical scribes writing the charters. On the other hand, only thanks to the written evidence of commemorative obligations can we dispose of many medieval archival memorial sources, for example reconstructing memorial practices in one particular institution, or tracing differences in local customs. This series of three sessions gives an overview of the many-sided research in the pluriform field of medieval memorial culture.