IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 938: Materiality and Sanctity: St Thomas Becket among the Saints, V - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Canterbury Cathedral: Becket 2020
Organisers:Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
Paul Webster, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Catherine A. M. Clarke, Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Abstract

2020 will witness major anniversaries for the cult of the saints of medieval England – the 850th of the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket, the 800th of the translation of Becket’s relics to their magnificent (now lost) shrine in the Trinity Chapel of Canterbury Cathedral, 800 years since the canonisation of St Hugh of Lincoln, 700 years since that of St Thomas Cantilupe. Building on the sessions on material culture of devotion to the saints in the age of the Becket cult, this round table introduces research and public engagement projects in progress ahead of the 2020 anniversaries, and invites discussion and reflection on the direction and presentation of research on the cult of the saints in the coming years.

Participants include Ian Bass (Manchester Metropolitan University), Elma Brenner (Wellcome Collection, London), John Jenkins (University of York), Alyce Jordan (Northern Arizona University), Rachel Koopmans (York University, Ontario), and Louise J. Wilkinson (Canterbury Christ Church University).