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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 241: The Adaptation of the Sacred in Differing Spatial Contexts

Monday 3 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Leicester Medieval Research Centre
Organiser:Crystal Hollis, Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Abigail Ford, School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester / Midlands4Cities
Paper 241-aBeyond Personal Reliquaries?: English Late Medieval Jewellery to Enclose, Contain, and Enshrine
(Language: English)
Caroline Croasdaile, Department of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Lay Piety
Paper 241-bBringing Divine Protection Home: The Spatial Performance of Medieval Charms against Thieves
(Language: English)
Heather Taylor, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS) University of Kent
Index terms: Daily Life, Lay Piety, Mentalities

The relationship between sacred practices and space in the medieval period is an intricate network and varies from place to place in medieval communities. The use of charms, graffiti, personal pieces of artwork, and depositions of everyday materials are all ways in which individuals interacted with and adapted their spaces to engage and entangle themselves and these spaces with the divine. This session seeks to explore different ways in which medieval communities adapted different spaces for spiritual and religious purposes.