IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 126: Ideas of 'Otherness' in Narratives and Depictions of Sainthood

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Amy Devenney, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Georgina Fitzgibbon, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Paper 126-aThe Image of the Sufferer in the Healing Miracles of Southern Italy
(Language: English)
Amy Devenney, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Hagiography, Medicine, Social History
Paper 126-bThe 'Other' Miracles: The Role of Non-Healing Miracles in Late Medieval Miracle Collections
(Language: English)
Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Hagiography, Social History
Paper 126-cCommunicating by Other Means: Material Culture as a Mechanism for Cult Promotion
(Language: English)
Ian Styler, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Art History - General, Hagiography
Abstract

This session explores the idea and identification of ‘otherness’ in both narrative and material culture depictions of sainthood. The first paper will use the detailed descriptions of cure-seekers’ experiences in Norman-Italian sources to explore the notion of the ill person as different within society, while the second paper will use evidence from some less well known Portuguese cults to consider the role of non-healing miracles in late medieval miracle collections. The final paper will consider Anglo-Norman images and statues of saints to understand how their portrayal enabled them to be seen as different from (and elevated above) the people who viewed them while also being used as a tool to enhance the saint’s local and regional impact.