IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 808: Materiality and Sensory Experience in the Crusading World: Objects, Sounds, and Spaces

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA), University of Birmingham
Organiser:William Purkis, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Beth Spacey, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Paper 808-a'This We Have Seen with our Eyes': Material Culture and 12th-Century English Historical Writing
(Language: English)
Daniel Roach, Independent Scholar, Exeter
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 808-bThe Soundscape of 12th-Century Jerusalem
(Language: English)
Iris Shagrir, Department of History, Philosophy & Judaic Studies, Open University of Israel
Index terms: Crusades, Lay Piety, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 808-cPope Innocent III's Intercessory Procession in Rome (16th May 1212) as Felt Religion
(Language: English)
William Purkis, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Abstract

Recent years have seen increased scholarly attention, both within and beyond medieval studies, to the materiality of religious devotion and the significance of sacred objects, sounds, and spaces for the creation of religious experiences. Indeed, Brent Plate has recently argued that ‘religious history is incomplete if it ignores the sensing body and the seemingly trivial things it confronts’ (2014: 14). Through consideration of a range of forms of textual, visual, and material evidence, the papers in this session will explore some of the ‘sensuous’ aspects of medieval Latin Christianity in three distinct but related settings: 12th-century England, 12th-century Jerusalem, and 13th-century Rome.