IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 308: Representations of Male Sanctity in the Later Middle Ages

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Bishop's Eye Research Network, University of Lincoln / University of Huddersfield
Organiser:Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Moderator/Chair:Joanna Huntington, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Paper 308-a'Holyor man þan he was þo: nyste me nowher non': Pope Saints in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 308-bThe Company We Keep: Relic Collections and Saintly Identity at the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds
(Language: English)
Rebecca Pinner, School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 308-cMale Martyrs, Female Models?: The Case of St Acacius, His 10,000 Followers, and Motifs of Penetration
(Language: English)
Sam Riches, Centre for North West Regional Studies, Lancaster University
Index terms: Art History - General, Gender Studies, Hagiography

This session will explore representations of male sanctity as they appear in a variety of sources, literary texts, visual images, and documentary records. It will consider the devotional contexts in which these representations appear in order to draw conclusions about the ways in which male saints could be appropriated to serve a variety of purposes. The papers will also examine the influence of contemporary ideologies of gender on both the depiction and veneration of these saints.