IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 723: Remembering the Northern English Saints, I: Buildings and Bodies

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Late Medieval Devotion to Northern English Saints, Swiss National Science Foundation Project
Organiser:Christiania Whitehead, Faculté des lettres, Université de Lausanne
Moderator/Chair:Denis Renevey, Faculté des lettres, Université de Lausanne
Paper 723-aReusing the Cathedral: Space, Ritual, and Community in Late Medieval Durham
(Language: English)
Euan McCartney Robson, Department of History of Art, University College London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 723-bKeeping it in the Familia: Creating and Recreating the Cult of Saints in Northern England, 1300-1500
(Language: English)
Emma J. Wells, Centre for Lifelong Learning / Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 723-cFlesh, Bone, and Text: Reading Relics in Anglo-Norman Saints' Lives
(Language: English)
Jane Sinnett-Smith, Department of French Studies, University of Warwick
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Religious Life

Despite widespread interest in the cults of northern English saints in the early Middle Ages (pre-1200), comparatively little work has been done on the degree to which, and the ways in which these early northern saints were remembered (or occasionally obscured) in the post-1300 period. Session I focuses on the memories embedded in artistic and material culture, examining the implications of late medieval revisions to sacred architectural space, notably at Durham Cathedral, the evidence of pilgrimages and processions, and the tension between memorialisation and ongoing presence inherent in the veneration of the saints’ body relics. The northern cults under consideration include those of Saints Cuthbert, Aidan, Bede, and William of York.