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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1719: Methods and Morality of Late Medieval Almsgiving: The Significances of Food

Thursday 7 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Lucy Christine Barnhouse, Department of History, Fordham University
Moderator/Chair:Maximilian Schuh, Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universit├Ąt Heidelberg
Paper 1719-aOn the Quantity of Alms Received: The Regulation of the Size of Bread Distributions in Late Medieval Konstanz
(Language: English)
Allison Edgren, Department of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Lay Piety, Social History
Paper 1719-bFood in Almsgiving in the Southern Low Countries, c. 1250 - c. 1600
(Language: English)
Hadewijch Masure, Centrum voor Stadsgeschiedenis, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Daily Life, Lay Piety, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1719-cTransactions of Impoverishment: Roberto Rossellini's Franciscan Figures
(Language: English)
Luke Fidler, Department of Art History, University of Chicago, Illinois
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Political Thought, Religious Life

As has been widely observed, alms-giving was symbolically and socially important in the urban environments of the later Middle Ages. Often highly ritualized, almsgiving connected diverse persons and groups. This panel examines how food was used and understood in such exchanges, by recipients as well as donors. The first two papers in the session, based on archival research, demonstrate that practical and theological considerations were intimately related in the decisions made about almsgiving by individuals and institutions. The final paper in the session considers how imagined acts of alms-giving have been used to comment on the Late Middle Ages in film.