IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 532: Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading, I: Memory, Saints' Cults, and Healing

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Organiser:Rebecca A. C. Rist, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca A. C. Rist, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 532-aMiracles, Monks, Memories, and the Cult of St Æbbe
(Language: English)
Ruth Salter, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Local History, Monasticism
Paper 532-bCommitting Madness to Memory: A Holy Fool and Four Demoniacs in the Foundation Legend of St Bartholomew's Priory and Hospital in London
(Language: English)
Claire Trenery, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Monasticism, Rhetoric
Paper 532-cSt Louis and St Peregrinus: The Role of the Leper in the Consecration Legend of Saint-Denis
(Language: English)
Katie Phillips, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Lay Piety, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session evaluates the role of memory in the construction of sacred places of healing. The first paper explores the re-establishment of the cult of Saint Æbbe as a site to which pilgrims travelled for cures. The second analyses the role of the foundation book in the establishing of Saint Bartholomew’s Priory and Hospital, London. The third examines the myth of the consecration of Saint-Denis when a leper was allegedly healed, after which the church became a major pilgrimage site. Hence the three papers explore the theme of the role of healing and pilgrimage in the construction of foundation legends.