IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1240: Sacred Time and the Time Framework of Religious Life in the Baltic Region in the Late Middle Ages

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń / Toruń Society of Arts & Sciences
Organiser:Piotr Oliński, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Moderator/Chair:Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1240-aMasses, Saints, and Wealthy Burghers: The Impact of Burghers' Foundations on the Order of Religious Services in Medieval Stockholm
(Language: English)
Piotr Kołodziejczak, Wydział Nauk Historycznych, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Lay Piety, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1240-bA Year in the Life of a Late Medieval Parish: Sacred and Secular Time in the Hanseatic Town of Toruń, 15th and 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Marcin Sumowski, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Lay Piety, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1240-cCyclic Time: Calendars from Monasteries in the Baltic Region
(Language: English)
Piotr Oliński, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Liturgy, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

Human beings encounter many borders during their lifetime, both physical and symbolical ones. The concept of time must have been crucial for the people of the Middle Ages, especially in its religious aspect. Earthly life was a limited period heading for its inevitable end, that is, death and the judgment of one’s good deeds and sins. Even after death time continued to play a vital role for some, as they tried to calculate the number of days they might be expected to spend in Purgatory. Furthermore, the flow of time and medieval religious life were often intertwined in more practical ways. For example, church bells indicated the time of day for all who could hear them. Thus, papers contained in this session aim to investigate different connections between time and the religious life in towns, parish churches, and monasteries located in Prussia, Pomerania, Sweden, and Denmark.