Session225
TitleBringing the Outsider In, I: Encounters with the 'Other' in High Medieval Miracles
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorGraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
 
OrganiserClaire Trenery, School of History, University of Leeds
 
Moderator/ChairAlexandra R. A. Lee, Department of History, University College London
 
Paper 225-a Experiencing 'Otherness' on the Journey to the Shrine: Long-Distance Cure-Seekers in 12th-Century English Miracula
(Language: English)
Ruth J. Salter, Department of History, University of Reading
Index Terms: Hagiography; Lay Piety; Medicine; Social History
Paper 225-b 'Each thing rebounds at the sensation of its opposite': The Exorcisms Performed by St Hugh of Lincoln
(Language: English)
Claire Trenery, School of History, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Hagiography; Lay Piety; Medicine; Theology
Paper 225-c Islamic Pilgrimage and Christian Triumphalism in Christian Miracle Narratives: The Shrine of Saydnaya, Past and Present
(Language: English)
Philip A. Booth, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Index Terms: Crusades; Ecclesiastical History; Mentalities; Religious Life
 
AbstractThe concepts of the 'outsider' and the 'other' are closely tied together and often act as interchangeable when demarcating the 'known' and the 'unknown'. Interaction with that which is considered 'external' and 'other' could result in both a positive and a negative experience, and perhaps nowhere is this more obvious than when considering relationships between the temporal and the spiritual worlds; be that in the physical landscape or within more transcendental relationships between the temporal and the divine. Within this two-part panel, these ideas will be explored from a number of perspectives in order to consider the role of the 'outside' and the 'outsider' within various aspects of medieval religion. In this, the first of the two panels, focus will be on ideas of the 'outsider' in high medieval miracle texts, and their representations of interactions between Christian communities and 'outsiders'. Our speakers consider various impressions of the 'other': from unfamiliar pilgrims who travelled to far-away shrines, to strange demoniacs who required holy healing, and finally to Muslim 'outsiders' who participated in their own pilgrimages.