IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 829: The Sacred Space: Power on the Borders

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Monash University, Victoria
Organisers:Rosa Martorana, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Mimi Petrakis, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Moderator/Chair:Anne J. Duggan, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 829-a'Yf a woman be in trauell of childe': Invocation of the Divine in Late Medieval English Pregnancy and Childbirth
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Burrell, School of Philosophical Historical & International Studies Monash University Victoria
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 829-bMiracles Defining the Boundaries of Sacred Space for the Convent of Le Murate
(Language: English)
Rosa Martorana, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Abstract

This session explores the construction of sacred space within medieval and early modern Western Europe, whether the boundaries of a diocese, the walls of the home, or those of the convent. The papers examine how these were defined and shaped by religious practice in both lay and ecclesiastical contexts. In doing so, this session aims to demonstrate how these borders were maintained and blurred in the pursuit of protection, power, and authority.