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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1202: Commemoration and Remembrance, III: Memorial Books, A Veritable Treasure-Trove

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Truus van Bueren, Medieval Memoria Online Project
Annemarie Speetjens, Department of Medieval History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Andrew F. Butcher, Aberystwyth University
Paper 1202-aAn Inventory of Memorial Books in the Netherlands
(Language: English)
Truus van Bueren, Medieval Memoria Online Project
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - General, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1202-cHosting the Dead: Laymen in a Carthusian Cemetery
(Language: English)
Rolf de Weijert, Medieval Memoria Online, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life

During the Middle Ages the commemoration of the dead played a prominent role in society, as it was fundamental for the devotional practice. These three sessions however examine 'commemoration and remembrance' from a much broader perspective. This third session examines the possibilities of the memorial book as an important source for the study of medieval life. It starts with the presentation of an ongoing project for the creation of an inventory of memorial books in the Netherlands, which aims to facilitate accessibility to this type of historical document. The session continues with a discussion of the memorial book under various appearances and as a part of the general administration of religious and charitative institutions. Finally, as a case study, the role of one particular memorial book in the community of a Carthusian monastery will be tracked down. This series of three sessions gives an overview of the many-sided research in the pluriform field of the medieval memorial culture.