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The Experience of Prayer in the Middle Ages: A Workshop

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 10am – 3pm

The Experience of Prayer in the Middle Ages: A Workshop

In the Middle Ages people used prayer as a means of expressing their hopes and fears, and believed that prayer was beneficial to body, mind, soul, and spirit. Personal prayers were distinct from, though related to, the ritual prayers of the liturgy.

However, trying to reconstruct the experience of personal prayer in challenging, because the activities of writing texts and making objects was not necessarily synonymous with that of prayer.

This workshop will explore how a wide range of source material might be used to reconstruct medieval experiences of prayer.

10.00 Coffee
10.15 Personal Prayer in the Middle Ages: Problems and Possibilities – Laura Cleaver (TCD)
10.30-11.30 Session 1: Text De Maria numquam satis: Mary in Magisterium and the Mystery of the Church in Chaucer’s ‘An ABC’ – Anne Marie D’Arcy (University of Leicester)
Some Thoughts on the Additions to TCD MS 93 – Laura Cleaver (TCD)
11.30 Coffee
12.00-13.00 Session 2: Private and Public Devotion Depictions of Prayers in Late Medieval French Wall-Paintings and Manuscripts and the Act of Prayer – Marie Charbonnel (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne)
Prayer in Medieval Latin and Vernacular Song Texts - Ann Buckley (TCD)
13.00-14.00 Break
14.00-15.30 Session 3: Art and Architecture
Spaces for Private Prayer
- Lesley Milner
May my prayer be set before you like incense: Mediality and Prayer in Late Medieval Italy - Péter Bokody (Plymouth University)
Gender, Prayer, Performance and Donor Portraits in Late Medieval Florence - Catherine Lawless (TCD)
15.30-16.00 Roundtable

This workshop is funded by the Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme.

Please notify if you would like to attend.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Campus information, Classes, Conferences, Courses, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public

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