IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1018: Transformations of Power: Sessions in Honour of Paul Fouracre, II - The Power of Saints

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Manchester
Organisers:Katherine Fliegel, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Ryan T. Goodman, Department of History, University of Manchester
Sihong Lin, Department of History, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Sarah M. Hamilton, Department of History, University of Exeter
Paper 1018-aHagiography and Memory: Revisiting the Vita Rigoberti
(Language: English)
Edward Roberts, School of History, University of Kent
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1018-bThe Material Inheritance of Martin
(Language: English)
Julia M. H. Smith, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1018-cSt Wilfrid, Archbishop Theodore, and the Council of London
(Language: English)
Katy Cubitt, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy

The second of four sessions in honour of the retirement of Prof Paul Fouracre, this session examines another key theme from his career: hagiography, cult, and the power of saints.

Ed Roberts revisits the vita of Rigobert, bishop of Rheims, and explores the use of his memory in hagiography to promote his church’s later political ambitions, and its influence on the memory of Charles Martel. Julia Smith uses Merovingian and Carolingian relic labels to trace the material dissemination of the cult of St Martin. Katy Cubitt moves beyond the Frankish realm, and looks at Stephen of Ripon’s account of the meeting between Theodore and Wilfrid in London, and places it in the context of the politics of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.