Cultural Event: “The (Re)Writing of Saints’ Lives” Humanities Colloquium

The Humanities Colloqium Series is presenting “The (Re)Writing of Saints’ Lives and the Ideology of Religious Reform” by Chad Turner on Thursday, October 19th from 11:00 to 11:50am in UCB 209. Aelred of Rievaulx (c. 1110-1167) was a prolific author and prominent abbot in northern England. While he has been the recipient of much scholarly attention, his writings about saints (hagiography), all commissioned by well-known individuals for public events, have received very little interested among scholars. This presentation is part of a larger study on these works, and addresses the ways in which these texts can help us think about religious reform in the twelfth century. For years the idea of a broad, monolithic reform (the Gregorian Reform) was accepted as fact, but a recent trend in historiography has begun to counter this thinking. Aelred’s hagiographical works can help provide a glimpse into how a renowned churchmen conceived of religious reform. All are welcome. Light refreshments provided.

For more information, please contact Rachel Foulk at rachelfoulk@ferris.edu.  

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