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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 302: The Political Function of Tombs in Late Medieval Europe, II: Representing the Group

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:University of Nottingham / Research Group 'Boundaries & Identity Formation in the Premodern World', Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organisers:Sanne Frequin, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Amsterdam, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Matthew Ward, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Lindy Grant, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 302-aCivil Honourings, Sacred Sculptures, and the Making of New Gentlemen: Post-Reformation Monuments, Medieval Chivalry, and the Beginnings of Empire
(Language: English)
Melanie G. Caiazza, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 302-bA House for the Dead and Living: Tombs, Mockery, and Redemption in León Cathedral’s Cloister
(Language: English)
Pablo Ordás-Díaz, Facultade de Xeografía e Historia, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 302-cContinuity in Stone: Monumental Tombs and the Succession of Authority in 13th-Century France
(Language: English)
Robert Marcoux, Université de Bourgogne
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Politics and Diplomacy

The location of a tomb, its iconographical content, or its stylistic composition can be used to convey a variety of explicit - or indeed implicit - political messages: a statement of solidarity; a marker of group identity; a statement of national or dynastic pride; or a reconstruction of elements of the life of the commemorated. In this session the political function of medieval tombs as representations of the group will be investigated. The group as a display of linear succession and a message of unity will be addressed on the tombs of the lords of Beaumont-Brienne at Étival abbey and tombs of the Senlis bishops at Chaalis. Tombs used to convey medieval codes of honour on a group of English post-reformation tombs, and group iconography on the tombs of the canons of León Cathedral’s Cloister will also be addressed in this session.