Session 1024: Representations of Jerusalem
Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30
|Moderator/Chair:||Mary Alberi, Department of History, Pace University, New York|
|Paper 1024-a||Jerusalem Constructed: Friar Felix Fabri's Travel Guide for the Armchair Pilgrim|
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - German, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
|Paper 1024-b||The Holy City in Sacred History: On the Image of Jerusalem in Illustrated World Chronicles, 1200-1500|
Index terms: Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval
Paper a: Jerusalem has always demanded recollection of the stories, histories, and scriptures written about it. In the 15th century a German Dominican pilgrim, Felix Fabri, travelled both to the corporeal Jerusalem and to the Jerusalem of his literary and spiritual imagination. As each stone and narrow street drew forth literary associations both secular and sacred, Fabri ‘read’ the physical city as text. For him, Jerusalem was itself sacred literature. In his own pilgrimage account he offered a textual pilgrimage to the Holy City so that his readers might travel there in spirit — even to places inaccessible to corporeal travellers. This paper will explore the relationship between Fabri’s sense of the literary Jerusalem and the physical one, and how he self-consciously mediated the tension between those two cities.