IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1239: Cistercians and Material Culture

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses
Organiser:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:David N. Bell, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paper 1239-aCistercians and Sacred Matter: Engagement with the Cult of Saints in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Georgina Fitzgibbon, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1239-bThe Grey Ladies of St Servaes in Utrecht: Not so Black and White
(Language: English)
Caroline den Hartog, Historical & Archaeological Research, Goxhill
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1239-cThe Identification and Understanding of Rievaulx Abbey's Grange at East Bolton, Wensleydale
(Language: English)
Stephen Anthony Moorhouse, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Monasticism, Religious Life

Medieval monasteries forged social and spiritual identities through the acquisition, veneration, and circulation of relics, and the highly variable involvement of Cistercian communities with the cult of saints will be explored, especially in light of their rhetoric towards the social and material world. The history and archaeology of St Servaes in Utrecht provides an opportunity to examine to what extent this abbey conformed to what one expects of Cistercian women’s houses. The final paper will consider the work which led to the location and identification of the earthworks of Rievaulx Abbey’s grange complex in Castle Bolton in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.