IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1306: Pagan and Christian sacrum in a City: On the Borderlines of Cultures at the Western Slavs, 9th-12th Centuries

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:University of Wrocław
Organiser:Przemysław Wiszewski, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
Moderator/Chair:Przemysław Wiszewski, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
Paper 1306-aSacred Cities and Places of Pagan Western Slavs and their Christian Antithesis
(Language: English)
Stanisław Rosik, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1306-cThe Problem of an Ideological and Sacral Structure of the Premyslids Seat at Czech Vyšehrad in the 10th-12th Centuries, and Its Relation to Prague Castle
(Language: English)
Andrzej Pleszczyński, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Lublin
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 1306-dFemale Cloisters and a Sacred Space of Towns and Cities in Late Medieval Central Europe
(Language: English)
Przemysław Wiszewski, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Social History, Women’s Studies

For many years, without a plausible answer though, historians and archeologists have discussed the question, whether a pagan cult in large scale, and also pagan shrines existed in the centres of the Western Slavs’ settlements before Slavs encountered Christians and learned their way of God’s veneration. Therefore, it is important to ask: did Christians create churches in strongholds and cities in places without pagan traditions? Did the existence of pagan Slavs’ cult centres vanish from social memory or they simply changed their function while still important for the society? Could the elements of both pagan and Christian cults have existed simultaneously in these societies?