IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 625: Medieval Saints: Cults and Hagiography

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Historians of Women Religious of Britain & Ireland (H-WRBI)
Moderator/Chair:Jane Cartwright, School of Welsh & Bilingual Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Paper 625-aRules of Sacred Space and Gender in 12th-Century Saints' Cults and Hagiography
(Language: English)
Anne E. Bailey, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Hagiography, Lay Piety
Paper 625-bConstantinople under Siege between Saints, Soldiers, and Historians
(Language: English)
Andrea M. Cuomo, Institut für Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 625-cColette of Corbie: A Saint Who Wrote her Own Rule
(Language: English)
Anna Campbell, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Theology, Women's Studies

Paper -a:
This paper examines some of the medieval spatial practices and ideologies which influenced, and often defined, women’s relationship with the saints in 12th-century England. It begins by looking at how strict spatial strategies employed by cult centres frequently served to distance women from holy relics. It then turns to miracle accounts associated with these cults, and reveals a hagiographical world in which institutional ‘rules’ of space and gender are frequently broken. Drawing on anthropology, the paper concludes by re-appraising medieval constructs of sacred space and gender, and our own ‘rules’ governing how we interpret them.

Paper -b:
In my paper I shall present some descriptions of the various sieges of Constantinople and stress the narrative techniques, which are to be found in these texts. Through analysis of the language I will show how some historical reports have been influenced by hagiography. I will compare the Historia by John Cananos both with the Latin Prooemia to the Akathistos Hymn and with other historians – such as George Sphrantyes –, in order to demonstrate that for Cananos was more important respecting an hagiographical style than any historiographical ‘must’ such as chronology, eloquence etc.

Paper -c:
Abstract to follow.