IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 833: Water in Medieval Society: Economic, Social, and Religious Implications, II

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Ieva Reklaityte, Departamento de Ciencias de la Antiguedad, Universidad de Zaragoza
Moderator/Chair:Ieva Reklaityte, Departamento de Ciencias de la Antiguedad, Universidad de Zaragoza
Paper 833-aWater in Everyday Life: From the Material to the Symbolic in Late Medieval Spain
(Language: English)
Maria Isabel del Val Valdivieso, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Medieval, Universidad de Valladolid
Olatz Villanueva Zubizarreta, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Medieval, Universidad de Valladolid
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 833-bSprinkling Water on the Corpse and the Tomb: The Rite of the Absolution of the Dead in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Ana del Campo Gutiérrez, Department of History, Yale University
Index terms: Liturgy, Mentalities, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 833-cFountains, Gardens, and Pleasure: The Image and the Symbolic Meaning of Water in the Hispanic Courts at the End of the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Diana Pelaz Flores, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Medieval, Universidad de Valladolid
Germán Gamero Igea, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Medieval, Universidad de Valladolid
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - General, Political Thought
Abstract

If our first session is dedicated to the material culture and the urban hydraulics, this session will focus on the symbolic and religious implications of water in Islamic and Christian medieval realms. We will discuss the role of inner courtyards in medieval Cordoba where water allowed creating small gardens as an imitation of a Coranic paradise. In the public sphere water fountains were meant to honor and pomp the city as it can be seen both in Islamic Al-Andalus and Christian Castile. The presence of gardens and abundant water became part of the ceremonials in the courts of Spanish monarchy. Also we will discuss the use of water in the sacraments and rituals such as Baptism or the mortuary rites in the Medieval Christian societies.