Dispersion and Reception:
The Fate of Constantinople's Relics after the Sack of 1204
Session to be held at the 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
May 6-9, 2004
Next year will mark the 800th anniversary of the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. In commemoration of this historic event, the online discussion list Medieval-Religion will sponsor a panel on the fate of the city's relics in western Europe after the sack of 1204. Possible questions include but certainly are not limited to:
what repercussions did the loss of Christianity's most powerful relics have for eastern Christians?
how were western Christians influenced by the new proximity of the same?
how did these relics influence the material culture of western Europe once they reached their new homes?
how did western Christians explain or justify these thefts?
what strategies did eastern Christians adopt to deal with their loss?
It is the hope of the organizer that this session will benefit from the insights of a number of disciplines and will include perspectives of Byzantinists as well as scholars focusing on western Europe.
Dawn Marie Hayes
Montclair State University
Department of History
427 Dickson Hall
Upper Montclair, New Jersey 07043
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