IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1133: Theology and Liturgy in the Early Middle Ages, II: Angels and Saints, Prayer and Doctrine

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval Research Centre, University of Leicester
Organiser:Helen Foxhall Forbes, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Erik Niblaeus, International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg
Paper 1133-aGuardian Angels, Apocryphal Traditions, and the Effects of Liturgical Prayer on Anglo-Saxon Theology
(Language: English)
Richard Sowerby, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Liturgy, Theology
Paper 1133-bLiturgy and the Supernatural in English Episcopal Vitae, c. 900-1300
(Language: English)
Tamsin Rowe, Worcester Cathedral Library / University of Worcester
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Liturgy, Theology
Paper 1133-cPoetry, Theology, and Liturgy: The Form and Function of Echtgus Úa Cúanáin's Treatise on Eucharistic Doctrine
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Boyle, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Sermons and Preaching, Theology

This session explores theology and liturgy in the early Middle Ages, focussing on the relationships between liturgy and doctrine, and the supernatural. The first paper examines developing ideas about guardian angels in 10th-century England, which were inspired by apocryphal traditions and liturgical texts. The second paper considers the role of liturgical rituals in narrative accounts of English bishops, and how liturgical performance and the miraculous contributed to hagiographical constructions of episcopal sanctity. The third paper explores Echtgus Úa Cúanáin’s vernacular poetic treatise on Eucharistic doctrine, focussing on its relationship to the liturgy, its intended audience, and its contexts for use.