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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1707: Lay Christian Piety and Material Cultures in the Later Middle Ages

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Organiser:John H. Arnold, King's College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Isabel Davis, Department of English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 1707-aIndividual and Corporate Material Pieties: The Guild Chapel at Stratford-upon-Avon
(Language: English)
Kate Giles, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Religious, Lay Piety
Paper 1707-bThe Parishioner's Context: Material Experience and Late Medieval Sermons
(Language: English)
Emma Jessica Campbell, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Lay Piety, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1707-cThe Materialities of Light and Sound in Lay Piety
(Language: English)
John H. Arnold, King's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Mentalities

This session explores different aspects of the interaction between ordinary Christian lay people, their experiences of Christian worship, and a variety of aspects of materiality: the material contexts of worship, the physical encounter with different kinds of material aspects of faith, and the symbolic work that 'materiality' does to encourage and sustain lay acts of belief. The focus will be mainly on England and France in the later middle ages, and the approaches draw upon literary, historical and archaeological sources.