IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1605: Universities, Saints, and Liturgy in Medieval Central Eastern Europe

Thursday 12 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Ursula Bieber, Fachbereich Slawistik / Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Paper 1605-aTowns and Gowns around the Bounds: Medieval Urban Landscape and the Archaeology of Medieval Central-Eastern European Universities
(Language: English)
Christopher Mielke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1605-bSt Anne Sermons from the Late Middle Ages: Hungarian and Foreign Models
(Language: English)
Emöke Nagy, Faculty of Medieval History, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1605-cOrder and Disorder in the Margins: Missal No 354 (the Zagreb Metropolitana) and Its Sociocultural Background
(Language: English)
Marina Metelko, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Local History, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Paper -a:
Most medieval universities have been built over, the original buildings knocked down, or in some cases the university in the medieval period was part of another building altogether: in other words, material traces of the medieval university are mostly archaeologically invisible. This study attempts an archaeological study of 6 medieval urban universities in Central and Eastern Europe founded in the second half of the 14th century (Prague, Cracow, Vienna, Pécs, Heidelberg, and Leipzig). The primary method of examining these universities will be through medieval urban topography tracing the development of the collegiums that made up these institutions through time.

Paper -b:
The cult of St Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, was much debated in the late Middle Ages. The most important promoters of her cult, were the Franciscans. Older historiography connect the promotion of the saint’s cult to the partial acceptance of the dogma of Immaculate Conception. However, new studies are reconsidering this theory. Consequently, the following questions then arise. How could St Anne serve as a model in sermons? The sermons of two Hungarian observant Franciscans, Pelbartus de Themeswar and Osvaldus de Lasko, survived from the Middle Ages. Both played a highly significant role in the life of their order. Thus the analysis of their St Anne sermons should unequivocally reflect the Franciscan ideology regarding Saint Anne’s cult. Nevertheless it is worth to see, whether there are any differences between these sermons. Further on, are these sermons different from other sermons treating Saint Anne’s cult in the Middle Ages, e.g. those written in German speaking areas – where the cult of the saint was very popular during this time. And if there are: what conclusions can be drawn from these?

Paper -c:
One of the most richly illuminated missals of the Zagreb Metropolitana collection, Missale Georgii de Topusco No 354, still poses many unanswered questions. Begun in the late 15th century , worked on in the opening decades of the 16th century and left uncompleted, it is a book of intriguing sociocultural background related to questions of social hierarchy and dynamics connected to its commission, relationship of text and image to generic expectations of a missal as a liturgical book and its position as an object of cultural transfer that has literally and methaphorically travelled between Zagreb region and its surroundings.