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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 530: Perceiving Angels in the Medieval West, I: Angelic Imagery

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:School of History, University of East Anglia
Organiser:Sophie Alexandra Sawicka-Sykes, School of History, University of East Anglia
Moderator/Chair:Sophie Alexandra Sawicka-Sykes, School of History, University of East Anglia
Paper 530-aA Pseudo-Dionysian Reading of Wolfram's Parzival
(Language: English)
Gudrun Warren, Norwich Cathedral Library
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Theology
Paper 530-bThe Bread of Angels, Sweet Wine, and Bitter Dregs: Representing Angels with the Chalice and Host in East Anglian Parish Church Timber Roofs, c. 1400-1540
(Language: English)
Sarah Cassell, Art History & World Art Studies, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Sculpture, Lay Piety, Liturgy

Angels performed a variety of roles in medieval society, but how were their diverse forms and functions represented? Our panel seeks to answer this question by exploring a range of textual and architectural sources dating between the late 8th and mid-16th centuries from England, Ireland, and the Continent. The three papers offer new perspectives on how imagery of angelic order was transformed in monastic, secular, and parish contexts. The panelists also discuss the parts played by angelic intercessors, guides, and Mass assistants in spiritual journeys and communions.