IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 218: Body Matters: Exploring the Materiality of the Medieval Human Body

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter
Organiser:Harriett Webster, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Moderator/Chair:Louise Steel, Faculty of Humanities & Performing Arts, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter
Paper 218-aAll Fingers, No Thumbs: The Materiality of a Medieval Relic
(Language: English)
Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 218-b'My Precious Body': The (Im)Materiality of the Body in Margaret of York's Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Erica Blair O'Brien, Department of History of Art, University of Bristol
Erica Blair O'Brien, Department of History of Art, University of Bristol
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 218-cThe Resuscitation of the Twice-Hanged Man: Miracles and the Body in Medieval Swansea
(Language: English)
Harriett Webster, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Harriett Webster, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Index terms: Lay Piety, Local History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Theology
Abstract

This session examines medieval attitudes towards the materiality of the human body through three case studies: the finger relic of St Germanus of Auxerre from Selby Abbey; the portrait illuminations of Margaret of York; and the hanged corpse of a Welsh rebel. The surviving manuscript evidence in each case helps us to develop a more rounded understanding of medieval perceptions of materiality and agency in relation to the body, in particular popular and elite beliefs about death, decay, and incorruptibility. A new publication featuring these papers will also be launched by University of Wales Press at the IMC this year.