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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 134: The Entangled Parish: Expressions of Parochial Identity

Monday 3 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:Eleanor March, Centre for Medieval Studies University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Bernhard Hollick, Institut für Altertumskunde, Universität zu Köln / College of Humanities, University of Exeter
Paper 134-aA Window into Faith: An Examination of Stained Glass, the Parish Church, and Its Community
(Language: English)
Lydia Fisher, Department of History University of Exeter
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Decorative Arts, Lay Piety
Paper 134-bIlluminating the Parish: An Interdisciplinary Case Study of the Shared Monastic-Parochial Church in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
(Language: English)
Eleanor March, Centre for Medieval Studies University of Exeter
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Lay Piety, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 134-cIndependence and Identity: Conflict and Parochial Rights between the Late Medieval Church and Chapelry
(Language: English)
Paul Carley-Annear, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Mentalities, Religious Life

The parish lay at the heart of medieval religious and social life. Churches and chapelries proliferated within a broader network administering to the spiritual needs of communities. Traditionally, research has focussed upon the physical and historical development of these sites, although scholars are increasingly addressing the lived experience of religion. This panel explores expressions of parochial identity within different ecclesiastical settings. Drawing upon regional case studies of parish churches, shared monastic-parochial churches, and chapelries in the West and Southwest of England, it examines the entanglement and physical manifestations of devotion, piety, and secular dynamics which shaped parochial religious experience.