Dr Joanne Sear (History,Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge)
Professor Deborah Howard (Architecture & History of Art, University of Cambridge)
Prof Deborah Howard
Recovering the lost soundscape of Palladio’s church of the Redentore in Venice
Dr Joanne Sear
'To the chapel of St. Andrew … a broken basin of silver'. The importance of ‘material’ in late medieval religious bequests
This presentation considers the importance of the materials used for a range of religious articles bequeathed in the late medieval period. These items were either personal religious possessions, or were personal household goods bequeathed with the purpose of becoming objects associated with a religious purpose. These goods will be placed into context to explore how the materials used for these small personal possessions reflected wider ecclesiastical usage of a similar material, such as alabaster, or were believed to have apotropaic qualities which may have been linked to folk beliefs, such as the non-precious materials used for rosaries.