Session604
TitleViolating Sacred Space in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, II: How to Get Away with Murder in the Church?
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorUtrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
 
OrganiserKay Boers, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
 
Moderator/ChairKay Boers, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
 
Paper 604-a Was It Possible to Get Away with Murder in an Early Medieval Church?
(Language: English)
Warren Brown, Division of the Humanities & Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology
Index Terms: Architecture - Religious; Historiography - Medieval; Mentalities; Religious Life
Paper 604-b They Did Not Get Away with Murder in the Church: The 'Erembalds' and the Assassination of Charles the Good of Flanders, 1127
(Language: English)
Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index Terms: Architecture - Religious; Historiography - Medieval; Liturgy; Social History
Paper 604-c Civilising the Feminine Body: The Gendered Language of Urbanization in The Speech of Thanks to Constantine and The Letter of the Conversion of Jews
(Language: English)
Anna-Carlijn Nakken, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Comparative; Religious Life
 
AbstractIn these sessions we investigate conflicts revolving around, or making use of the concept of sacred space, and in particular debates surrounding the violent intrusion of ecclesiastical space. In the Late Antique and Early Medieval worlds, churches were generally regarded as sacred and were meant to be kept free from any kind of pollution, and in particular, worldly violence. The shedding of blood within its enclosed confines was not only regarded as a serious violation of the sacredness of the church building, but it was also a transgression of the legal provisions of asylum. These norms, however, did not stop people from using violence in churches and sometimes killings took place even inside the church's most sacred areas. This peculiar type of violence not only created great scandal, it also produced highly charged debates extolling the victims and exonerating the perpetrators.