IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 632: Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading, II: Memory, Saints' Cults, and Material Culture

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

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 632-aDante's Marian Devotion as a Secular Piety: Memory and Brotherhood
(Language: English)
Michael Biasin, Department of Modern Languages & European Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Art History - General, Hagiography, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 632-bMemory and Material Culture: St Margaret of Antioch and Her Devotees in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Frances Cook, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Hagiography, Lay Piety
Paper 632-cSt Louis, Memory, and the Cult of the Most Holy French King
(Language: English)
Olivier Sirjacq, Department of History, University of Reading
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Hagiography, Lay Piety, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session will explore the theme of memory and material culture. The first paper analyses how icons of the Virgin Mary used as devotional tools by Florentine confraternities influenced the shaping of Dante’s Commedia. The second examines how material artefacts which commemorated devotion to Saint Margaret of Antioch acted as triggers for individual and collective memories and emotions. The third traces how through buildings and architecture the cult of Saint Louis evolved until he became one of the best known saints of medieval Europe. Hence the three papers explore the relationship of material culture to the construction of lay piety.