Skip to main content

IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 832: Cistercians, II: Aspects of Materiality in the Portuguese Cistercian Context

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Instituto de Estudios Medievias, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / 'Cistercian Horizons: Studying and Characterizing a Medieval Scriptorium and Its Production: Alcobaça, Local Identities and Liturgical Uniformity in Dialogue' (PTDC/ART-HIS/29522/2017)
Organiser:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:David N. Bell, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paper 832-aWhere Do Portuguese Cistercian Nuns Spend Their Own Money in the 13th to 15th Centuries?
(Language: English)
Luís Miguel Rêpas, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 832-bMateriality and Functionalities of the Abbot's Lodgings in Medieval Portuguese Cistercian Monasteries
(Language: English)
Mário Farelo, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 832-cThe Cult of Saint Blaise in Alcobaça
(Language: English)
Catarina Fernandes Barreira, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism, Religious Life

Monastic life meant a vow of poverty and the renunciation of property. Yet in Portugal it was customary for nuns to retain material benefits from lands given when they entered, thus creating an apparent contradiction. Abbots' lodgings have been little studied in Portugal; inventories, testaments, charters and customaries will be used to propose a synthesis of the subject. The presence of a relic (bone) at Alcobaça instigated a change in liturgy, the incorporation of new feast into the calendar, and the addition of texts to the oldest manuscripts, thus demonstrating how materiality and spirituality were intertwined.