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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1616: Belief, Devotion, Emotion, II

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Birkbeck College, University of London
Organiser:Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Elisabeth Salter, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) / Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Paper 1616-aConstructing Emotions for the Medieval Laity
(Language: English)
John H. Arnold, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1616-bVocabularies of Anger and Trauma in the Early Reformation
(Language: English)
Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Anthropology, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1616-cEmotional Responses to David Watching Bathsheba Bathing in Late Medieval French Books of Hours
(Language: English)
Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Art History - General, Biblical Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life

This is one of two linked sessions exploring emotion and devotion in religious practice. This session examines the construction and expression of emotional responses to religious rituals, experiences, and changes in doctrinal belief in Western Europe, c. 1200-1550. Arnold will consider ways in which, over the course of the Middle Ages, ecclesiastics constructed expectations of lay emotional responses to various religious rituals and experiences. Lutton investigates the development of vocabularies of religious confrontation in the diocese of Canterbury in the early 16th century. Walker asks how changes in the iconography of David watching Bathsheba bathing in French books of hours from the mid-fifteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries emotionalised the reading of the penitential Psalms by a male and female audience.