IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 323: Remembering Holy Bodies in the 12th and 13th Centuries

Monday 2 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Prato Consortium for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Organiser:Peter Francis Howard, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Moderator/Chair:Peter Francis Howard, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Paper 323-aOwning the Madonna: The Madonna of Le Puy and Political Control, 1000-1200
(Language: English)
Mimi Petrakis, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 323-bLives of Saints and Landscapes: Strategic Uses of the Natural World in 12th-Century German Hagiography
(Language: English)
Hannah Ellen Skipworth, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 323-cThe Political Use of a Proven├žal Saint's Body: Commemorating the Violence Done to Douceline of Digne, 1215-1274
(Language: English)
Jennifer Lord, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Linked to the Body in the City Project, this session explores the diverse and often political agendas evident in the memorialisation of particular medieval saints and their holy bodies: the struggle to control and direct the ideological power of the black Madonna of Le Puy for political ends; Hildegard of Bingen’s efforts to authoritatively embed her community in the local landscape and connect it to the life of the local saint, Rupert; and the mixed messages offered to the beguines of Marseille by the description of the public violence done to their foundress Douceline of Digne’s body, as recorded in her Vita.