This session examines the question of sacred space within the context of the late medieval religious culture of Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire. I invite submissions historians of art and architecture, social historians, literary critics, and cultural anthropologists. Some of the questions this session proposes to examine include: How did places become sacred in late medieval East Anglia? What sorts of social practices marked them out? How did individuals respond to them? How did they become a part of the texture of daily life? How did such places become memorialized in prayers, songs, journals, devotional literature, letters, and even in such fragmentary and problematic documents such as household or guild accounts? What sort of material remains have been left behind in such forms as church, domestic, and great house architecture, paintings, stained glass, sculpture, and funerary monuments?
The session will be held at the 41st Annual Medieval Congress, May 4th-7th, 2006, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Victor I. Scherb
Dept. of Literature and Languages
University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler, TX 75799
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