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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1506: Spiritual Nourishment on the Medieval Peripheries, I

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Literature, University of York & Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Organiser:Steffen Hope, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Moderator/Chair:Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 1506-aFrom the Ends of the Earth: The Typology of the North in Medieval Hagiography
(Language: English)
Steffen Hope, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Liturgy, Social History
Paper 1506-bSpiritual Nourishment on the Anglo-Saxon Peripheries: The Cults of St Bertellin of Stafford
(Language: English)
Lindy Brady, Department of English, University of Mississippi
Index terms: Hagiography, Social History
Paper 1506-cThe Local Cults of Saints and Lay Piety: From Periphery to Christian Centre
(Language: English)
Sara Ellis Nilsson, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Social History

The papers in these two related sessions share a focus on the idea of nourishment as food for the soul, and the notion of the peripheral in the Middle Ages. The first session aims to explore aspects of spiritual nourishment and geographical peripheries in the medieval period. It investigates how the periphery is treated within the framework of sacred history in medieval texts. The papers discuss the cult of saints and their associated hagiographical or historiographical literature with a focus on the use of saints in history and the role of the cult of saints in the religious life of various peripheries to the west or north.