IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 923: Remembering the Northern English Saints, III: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Late Medieval Devotion to Northern English Saints, Swiss National Science Foundation Project
Organiser:Christiania Whitehead, Faculté des lettres, Université de Lausanne
Moderator/Chair:Hazel Blair, Faculté des lettres, Université de Lausanne

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. This round table presents a number of case studies of northern cults: the tension between northern and national identity in late medieval textual references to St John of Beverley, the imbalance between Aelred of Rievaulx’s memorialisation as saint and as spiritual guidance writer, the geographical fluidity of St Bega’s cult from Hartlepool to Copeland, and a new digital model challenging traditional understandings of pilgrim access to the shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne will offer a response to the round table discussion and two related panel sessions, followed by general exchanges.

Participants include Cynthia Turner Camp (University of Georgia, Athens), John Jenkins (University of York), Denis Renevey (Université de Lausanne), and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Fordham University, New York).