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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 131: Trying to Purchase Memory: Memorial and Material Culture in the Baltic Region

Monday 1 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Organiser:Piotr Oliński, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Moderator/Chair:Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 131-aBetween Salvation and Wealth: The Oldest Religious Foundations Made by Burghers in Stockholm
(Language: English)
Piotr Kołodziejczak, Wydział Nauk Historycznych, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Lay Piety, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 131-bMateria as the Measure of Memory: Monasteries in the Baltic Zone between Prestige, Money, and God
(Language: English)
Piotr Oliński, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Mentalities, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 131-cSacred Images, Memory, and Preaching in Teutonic Prussia
(Language: English)
Monika Jakubek-Raczkowska, Instytut Zabytkoznawstwa i Konserwatorstwa, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Art History - Sculpture, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching

The session will focus on the various connections between memory and material culture in different communities from the Baltic states. It will take into account cities, cloisters and chancellaries. Burgers (examples from Stockholm) invested their material resources to finance chapels, altars, and liturgical equipment or to establish celebrations for the masses over a long period of time. They wanted to ensure the salvation of their own souls. Monasteries (examples from Denmark, Sweden and Pomerania) were the sites of prayers for the living and for the dead. Monks were to do this until the Day of Judgement. Average people gave their estates, money, food, books, and precious objects to secure such eternal prayers for themselves. Chancellaries prepared documents which were legal files and bearers of memory. These documents have their material form. The material aspect of the documents inspired esteem among people who observed them with admiration. An attractive form of documents contributed to the memory and prestige of their owner.