Valerie L. Garver and Katherine Zieman

Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University

Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University

Katherine Zieman, University of Notre Dame

Saturday, December 1, 2012

1 - 4 pm

Room 101

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Medieval Intellectual History Seminar

“Textiles and Sacred Space in the Carolingian World”

Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University

Just as lay and ecclesiastical leaders in the Carolingian world used dress and textiles in order to attempt to define more sharply the differences among various social groups, especially between lay and religious, male and female, so too did they urge religious institutions to deploy textiles as a means of marking sacred space, setting it apart from secular places. The various uses and types of textiles in religious institutions, whether churches, monastic houses, saints’ shrines, or other sacred locations, underline the diversity of Carolingian Christian practices and ideals while demonstrating the crucial role of this form of material culture.

“Canonization and Language: Reading Richard Rolle in Fifteenth-Century England”

Katherine Zieman, University of Notre Dame

Over the past three years or so Katherine has been exploring the astounding diffusion of Richard Rolle’s work in English on the Psalms. In this paper she attempts to locate that work and its reading in the culture and religion of later medieval England.

Organized by John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame.

Cost and Registration Information 

This program is free and open to the public; advance registration is NOT required. To be added to the Medieval Intellectual History Seminar email list, please write to John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame (John.H.VanEngen.1@nd.edu).

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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