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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1341: The Borders of Life and Death: The Natural World, II - Spiritual Care

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Wellcome Collection
Organisers:Joanne Edge, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Jude Seal, Independent Scholar, York
Moderator/Chair:Stephen Gordon, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Paper 1341-a'Veni in ortum meum': Nuns, Death, and Bypassing Purgatory
(Language: English)
Miriam Wendling, Faculteit Letteren KU Leuven
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music, Religious Life
Paper 1341-b'Dedes of mercy and piteā€¦': Preparing to Meet God in Late Medieval Almshouses
(Language: English)
Sarah Lennard-Brown, Department of History Classics & Archaeology Birkbeck University of London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Lay Piety, Medicine
Paper 1341-c'For God's love, beware by me': The Power of Macabre Art in Late Medieval Northern Europe
(Language: English)
Natasha Coombs, Department of History, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety, Mentalities
Paper 1341-dA Rite of Passage: Monastic Death Rituals in 12th-Century England
(Language: English)
Barbara Hargreaves, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life

In the records and narratives of the Middle Ages, death was not only of huge significance, but also not necessarily as permanent as one might otherwise believe. These sessions will explore the borders between life and death: how did medieval people (in a broad geographical and chronological range) navigate the uncertainties and liminal spaces between the living and the dead, and between being alive and being dead? In what ways did medieval people conceptualise near death experiences? How did people attempt to predict their own death or that of others? In what ways did the rituals around death represent a syncretism of cultures as religious conversions spread through populations?