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The University of Southampton
Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

In Bed with God in Late-Medieval England Seminar

Illuminated Manuscript
10 October 2016
Avenue Campus, Room 65/1143. All welcome, refreshments provided.

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Anthony Ossa-Richardson at .

Event details

Using a range of literary, visual and pragmatic sources, this interdisciplinary paper will explore the ways in which late-medieval people understood and articulated the bed and chamber in relation to the divine. Devotional activity, mnemonics, materiality, miracles, secular and sacred spaces will be discussed to show how God was encountered and engaged with in everyday domestic space.

Speaker information

Hollie Morgan , University of Lincoln (English). Hollie is constantly seeking to learn more about the ways in which medieval people thought about the everyday objects and spaces around them, and how ideas associated with these objects and spaces affected and were affected by cultural production, social practice and conceptual thought. Her doctoral research, conducted at the University of York, was on the cultural meanings of beds and chambers in late-medieval England. Coming from a literary background, Hollie’s first love is medieval literature but she has a strong interest in medieval codicology and palaeography, having previously worked on two manuscript projects: The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060-1220 (Leicester) and Mapping Medieval Paper in England (Cambridge).

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