IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 105: Prayer, Piety, and the Paternoster

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Midlands3Cities
Organiser:Melanie Peters-Turner, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham / University of Law, Guildford
Moderator/Chair:Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 105-aThe Lollard Paternoster: Reforming or Renewing Contemporary Thinking
(Language: English)
Anna Edith Gottschall, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 105-bPatterns and Promises: Praying the Paternoster in the Painted Church
(Language: English)
Miriam Gill, Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Education, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 105-cPiety and Paternosters: Prayer Beads in Medieval Yorkshire Wills
(Language: English)
Melanie Peters-Turner, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham / University of Law, Guildford
Index terms: Lay Piety, Religious Life
Abstract

These three papers look at ways of praying the Pater Noster in the later medieval period. The first paper looks at how the existing orthodox commentaries on the prayer were ‘Lollardised’ and modified to suit their community, analysing this within the tradition of vernacular commentaries on the prayer. Using evidence from wall paintings, the second paper looks at how the Lord’s Prayer was promoted and deployed in parishes following the Fourth Lateran Council’s catechetical imperative that all adults should know the prayer. The last paper looks at prayer beads, commonly known as Paternosters, and how these were treated in wills. In particular, how prayer beads were bequeathed in comparison with books and general religious paraphernalia, and reflecting on what this shows about how these people may have prayed.