IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1004: Pleasing God, Oneself, and Loved Ones in Hagiographic Texts

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Saralyn McKinnon-Crowley, Department of Religion, Northwestern University
Moderator/Chair:Marita von Weissenberg, Department of History, Yale University
Paper 1004-a'A tempore sue pueritie usque ad mortem': The Childhood of Dorothea von Montau
(Language: English)
Saralyn McKinnon-Crowley, Department of Religion, Northwestern University
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1004-bBroken Ties: Worldly Connections and Textual Families in the Mystère de Sant Anthoni de Viennès
(Language: English)
Christine Bourgeois, Department of French & Italian, Princeton University
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Lay Piety
Paper 1004-cPolitical and Family Ties in the Vita Cesarii
(Language: English)
Paulo Duarte Silva, Instituto de História, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro
Index terms: Hagiography, Religious Life
Abstract

Medieval hagiographic texts emphasize that while saints are mediators between the divine and earthly realms, they still participate in human relationships. Saints have families, friends, and followers, though saints’ lives prioritize the saints’ relationship to God over their worldly ties. The various relationships, however, are more complex and interconnected than they may initially seem. These papers will explore the differing paths taken toward the divine in three late medieval vitae and the vicissitudes of mortal life that may interfere with that pursuit. How can family conflicts escalate in a martyr’s life, how do saints’ loved ones suffer alongside the saint during his journey toward eternal life, and how do these issues reflect a hagiographer’s role in shaping sanctity?