IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 125: Christ, His Saints, and the Devil: Models of Sanctity and Lack Thereof

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Organiser:Sarah Waidler, 6 Laburnum Road OXFORD OX2 3EL
Moderator/Chair:Christine Voth, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 125-aDevils and Their Details: Proactive Demons and Reactive Holy Men in Ælfric's Catholic Homilies
(Language: English)
Owen Roberson, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Leicester
Index terms: Hagiography, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 125-bSaintly Values: Composition and Purpose in Two Medieval Irish Saints' Lives
(Language: English)
Sarah Waidler, 6 Laburnum Road OXFORD OX2 3EL
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Celtic, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 125-cAspiring to Godliness: The Model Christ(ian) of the Old English Homilies
(Language: English)
Naomi Bennett, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Abstract

This session will discuss just what it is to aspire to be Christ-like in virtuous behaviour, and what the opposite entails. Examining texts ranging from Medieval Irish hagiography to Old English sermons and poetry, the three speakers will look at some of the characteristics of the spiritual prototypes, namely saints, the devil, and Christ, commonly encountered in Insular religious genres, and whether there are rules for how texts are composed and concepts are narrated. This comparative session will attempt to determine the regularity of such depictions throughout the Insular world and the strictures of the frameworks into which they fall.