IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 622: Pleasures and Pains of Family Life in Late Medieval Hagiography

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Hagiography Society
Organiser:Marita von Weissenberg, Department of History, Yale University
Moderator/Chair:Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Tampere
Paper 622-aFrom Domestic Suffering to Heavenly Joy: Cures of Disability as Cures of the Family in Later Medieval Miracles
(Language: English)
Jenni Kuuliala, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, History & Philosophy, University of Tampere / Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 622-bSiblings in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 61: 'So glad of odour ichon their ware'
(Language: English)
Wendy Matlock, Department of English, Kansas State University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 622-cHusbands, Wives, and Parents: When Sanctity Causes Conflict in the Family
(Language: English)
Marita von Weissenberg, Department of History, Yale University
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Hagiography, Social History

Hagiographic sources have proved to be a goldmine for understanding medieval religious practices and beliefs. While presenting saints’ lives, miracles or the official procedure leading to canonisation, hagiographic texts also unveil several aspects of the social settings and everyday lives of the laity. Family life is a central part of these narratives, be it in the depictions of an individual saint’s home, the familial relationships unveiled in miracle accounts and canonization processes, or the framing of the family in manuscript collections. The papers in this session will look at family life as depicted in a selection of these texts, concentrating on marriage, sibling relationships, and parenthood.