IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1206: Living Religion in the City in Medieval Central Italy

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Alexandra R. A. Lee, Department of Italian, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Ruth Salter, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 1206-aNegotiating Convent Selves under Florentine Dominion
(Language: English)
Emma Nicholls, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1206-bPolitics, Provisions, and Prisons: The Municipal Response to the Bianchi Devotions of 1399 at Lucca
(Language: English)
Alexandra R. A. Lee, Department of Italian, University College London
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1206-cThe Networks and Spaces of Religious 'Others' in the Italian City
(Language: English)
Ella Kilgallon, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Mentalities, Religious Life

This session will consider the ways that religion could be lived in the city in various towns in central Italy. Focussing on specific locations in the regions of Tuscany and Umbria, these papers look beyond the traditional clerical ranks of the ecclesiastical sphere to consider the role of women and municipal authorities in the way that religion and piety were performed in an urban setting. The boundaries between the civic and the religious are blurred, revealing a more complicated way of operating in convents, popular revivals, and Franciscan sacred spaces.