IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 132: Wycliffites, Sacraments, and Sacramentals

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Lollard Society
Organiser:Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Johan Bergström-Allen, Carmelite Institute of Britain & Ireland, Dublin / Université de Lausanne / Saint Albert's Press
Paper 132-aVain, Void, and Superfluous?: Lollard Views on the Sacraments of Initiation
(Language: English)
J. Patrick Hornbeck II, Department of Theology, Fordham University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Theology
Paper 132-bAn Orthodox Theology of Sacramentals in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Kevin Alban, Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani, Roma
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Theology
Paper 132-cHoccleve's 'open shrifte' and Its Implications
(Language: English)
Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Theology
Abstract

In this session, the Lollard Society explores the Congress theme in relation to the sacraments – here, baptism and confession – and sacramentals. Using perspectives generated by theology, history and literary studies, we investigate the diversity of Wycliffite interpretations of baptism and the relationship between these and avowedly orthodox theology concerning sacramentals in the 15th century. Poised between these polarities, our third paper asks how Hoccleve’s poetry expressed and metabolised issues concerning the purposes, and the processes, of confession, particularly in the images of ‘open shrifte’ that recur in his Series.