Session1329
TitleMedieval Sacred Spaces, II: Disruptions
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserGustav Zamore, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
 
Moderator/ChairGustav Zamore, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
 
Paper 1329-a Dog Kennels, Cowsheds, and Pigsties: Pollution of Sacred Sites as an Argument for Monastic Reform in the 10th-11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Mentalities; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 1329-b Conflict, Disruption, and Violence: Women Religious on the Frontiers
(Language: English)
Kimm Curran, Independent Scholar, Glasgow
Index Terms: Military History; Monasticism; Religious Life; Women's Studies
Paper 1329-c Disruption of the Olavian Cult through Spatial Changes across Borders
(Language: English)
Karl Christian Alvestad, Institutt for kultur, religion og samfunnsfag, Fakultet for humaniora, idretts- og utdanningsvitskap, Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge, Notodden
Index Terms: Architecture - Religious; Hagiography; Mentalities; Religious Life
 
AbstractThis session, part two of two, expands upon ideas of sacred space as an experiential one to discuss disruptions of these spaces - through means mental, political or physical - and their meaning to medieval societies. Papers examine how monastic concepts of pollution spurred ideas of reform, violence, and destruction of sacred places, and how spatial changes could disrupt saintly cults. Through these disruptive practices, boundaries not only between places but between sacred and profane spaces were both transgressed and transformed.