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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 205: The Practice of Piety in Provincial England

Monday 6 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:James G. Clark, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 205-aReligious Houses and Pastoral Provision in 15th-Century Bridgwater
(Language: English)
Hannah West, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Religious Life
Paper 205-b'Now thus': Encountering Death in Norfolk, c. 1440 - c. 1540
(Language: English)
David Harry, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester

This session will explore the dynamics of religious life in provincial communities in later medieval and pre-Reformation England. Shifting the focus of attention from the parish, per se, these papers, which are drawn from new projects, will consider religious practice on a wider canvas, incorporating interactions with both secular and regular clergy, conventual churches, chantries, and articulations of private devotion, as well as the familiar, parochial place of worship. Each speaker is engaged with the social and economic profile of these small town communities, and its effect on religious practice; they are also interdisciplinary in approach, capitalising on recent re-interpretations of the archival, textual, and material cultures of these places.