IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 120: Saints in the City, I

Monday 9 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Michael Garcia, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Michael Garcia, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 120-a'And now the city of Besançon became even more powerful with the hand of St Stephanus…': The Ideological Use of Relics in the Struggle for Supremacy between Cities
(Language: English)
Anastasia Keshman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 120-bControlling the patrona Prussie: Dorothy of Montau, the Teutonic Order and the City of Marienwerder/Kwidzyn
(Language: English)
Cordelia Hess, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 120-cWhy They Went to Town: Saints' Cults, Festa Fori, Markets, and Urban Functions in the Town of Lödöse, Sweden
(Language: English)
Erika Harlitz, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Liturgy

This session explores the relationship between saints’ cults and cities. The first paper discusses an 11th-century text from Besançon (France) which lays claim by the city to the relics of the protomartyr Stephen, with intent to make Besançon superior to other cities. The second paper will discuss the contradictory interests and demands of confessors or cult promoters and town population, as they appear in the canonization process of the 14th century recluse Dorothy of Montau. The third paper will address the relationship between saints’ cults, festa fori and markets and their connection to the urban functions of the town of Lödöse (Sweden) using both archaeological and historical sources.