IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1041: Purgatory: The Medieval Border between Death and the Day of Final Judgment

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Research, University of Winchester
Organiser:Cindy Wood, Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Cindy Wood, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 1041-aLate Medieval Chantries: Where Were All the Women?
(Language: English)
Cindy Wood, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1041-bThe Monks of Boxley Abbey: Survival and Intercessionary Tactics after the Black Death
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Eastlake, Independent Scholar Newbury
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1041-cOffsetting Purgatory: Spiritual Privileges and Sin
(Language: English)
Angela Clark, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Lay Piety, Religious Life, Social History
Abstract

In the medieval period the ‘Third Place’ was Purgatory where souls suffered for their sins after death, acting as the border between death and the Day of Final Judgement. This panel will examine how different groups of medieval society prepared for this suffering and attempted to alleviate its expected horrors. Paper A will examine at the role and visibility of women in founding of chantries. Paper B will consider how the monks of Boxley Abbey changed their organisation after the Black Death to assist the faithful in receiving spiritual benefits. Paper C will consider how personal and parish spiritual privileges were used to ‘offset’ the horrors of Purgatory.