IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1604: The Language and Imagery of Middle English Legal and Devotional Practice

Thursday 12 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Derek Scott Anderson, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Gavin Cole, Vernon Manuscript Project, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Paper 1604-aA Character Analysis of Cities in Middle English and French Legendaries
(Language: English)
Derek Scott Anderson, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1604-bThe Literary and Visual Frameworks for Interpreting the Pater Noster Table in the Vernon Manuscript
(Language: English)
Anna Edith Gottschall, Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Lay Piety
Paper 1604-c'[T]o this my present testament I have putto my seal': Vernacular Legal Usage in the Wills of Late Medieval Women
(Language: English)
Alison J. Spedding, Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Law, Women’s Studies
Abstract

Focusing on specific aspects of administrative and devotional culture within the urban environment this panel explores the practical application of literacy in the lives of medieval readers. A new interpretation of 13th-century hagiography is presented through comparative characterological analysis of ‘The South English Legendary’ and the ‘Légende dorée‘, as well as discussion of the application of diagrammatic text and image for lay readers of the Vernon Manuscript, and the development of women’s extensive involvement with the legal vernacular.