IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1623: Hagiography, Landscape, and Memory in Medieval East Anglia and Scandinavia

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Rebecca Pinner, School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Pinner, School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
Paper 1623-aShifts in the Sanctified Cultural Landscape: New Local Saints in Early Medieval Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Sara Ellis Nilsson, Historical Studies, Department of Society, Culture & Identity, Malmö University
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety
Paper 1623-bA Place of Her Own: The Role of Sacred Landscape in the Cult of St Æthelthryth
(Language: English)
John Black, Department of English, Moravian College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1623-cSaints and Wetlands in Medieval East Anglia
(Language: English)
Rebecca Pinner, School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Hagiography
Abstract

The symbolism of space and place was integral to the memorialisation of medieval saints. This session demonstrates the centrality of representations of the physical landscapes in which saints were remembered and into which their lives and deaths were written. Ellis Nilsson explores the ways in which perceptions of the sanctified landscape evolved in response to the emergence of new cults in conversion era Scandinavia. Black considers the multivalent contributions of landscape to the creation and explication of the cult of the East Anglian abbess Æthelthryth. Pinner explores the dialectic between the practical and the symbolic in the development of the cults of medieval East Anglian saints associated with wetland landscapes.