IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1522: Hagiographical Landscapes: The Depiction of the Natural World in Saints' Lives and Miracle Stories

Thursday 10 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Anne E. Bailey, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Rosalind Love, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1522-aGodric of Finchale: Snakes, 'ille serpens antiquus', and Liminality
(Language: English)
Margaret Coombe, Worcester College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 1522-bMarginal Places, Marginal People: The Pilgrim's Progress in Miracle Collections (1050-1200)
(Language: English)
Anne E. Bailey, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Lay Piety, Women's Studies
Paper 1522-cNature and Hagiography: The Vitae of St Colette of Corbie
(Language: English)
Anna Campbell, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Religious Life

This session explores the different ways in which the natural world is represented in hagiography. In particular, it will illustrate how the interaction between humans and nature was used to convey ideas about the relationship between man and God. Margaret Coombe will investigate Godric of Finchale’s relationships with wild creatures, considering how they reflect the saint’s spirituality and his transition from merchant to holy man; Anne Bailey will look at Latin miracle stories in which the countryside encountered by pilgrims symbolized men’s (and especially women’s) spiritual alienation; and Anna Campbell will discuss gender and nature in the Franciscan hagiographical tradition.