IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1138: Monuments and Mitres

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:EPISCOPUS: Society for the Study of Bishops & the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Evan Gatti, Department of Art & Art History, Elon University, North Carolina
Moderator/Chair:John S. Ott, Department of History, Portland State University, Oregon
Paper 1138-aRe-Writing Episcopal Memory in Old St Paul's Cathedral
(Language: English)
David Harry, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1138-bThe Bishop in Santa Croce: John Catterick and His Tomb
(Language: English)
Christian Steer, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1138-cBishop Fleming's Chantry in Lincoln Cathedral: Image and Text in Episcopal Commemoration
(Language: English)
David Lepine, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History
Abstract

This session will examine the strategies adopted by English bishops – and their agents – to promote memory and commemoration not only in their effigies but also in the texts that accompanied them. Tomb-monuments and memorial texts will be considered in the context of audience and space and used to demonstrate the broader implications (and messages) of memory to a mixed readership. Monuments and inscriptions were not solely concerned with the intercessory needs of the dead. These memorials played an important role in attitudes of legacy, continuity, and status serving as important interlocutors between the living and the dead which could, on occasion, be used within the more complicated web of city politics.