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Commemorating the Dead in Late Medieval Strasbourg: The by Charlotte A. Stanford

By Charlotte A. Stanford

The publication of Donors for Strasbourg cathedral is a unprecedented medieval rfile courting from ca. 1320-1520, with 6,954 entries from artisan, service provider and aristocratic sessions. those participants indexed presents to the cathedral development fund given in alternate for prayers for the donors' souls. the development directors (the Oeuvre Notre-Dame) additionally equipped a chapel devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary within the nave that housed the e-book and showcased prayers and lots more and plenty for the development benefactors. Chapel, e-book and west entrance undertaking shaped a 3 half commemorative procedure that appealed to the trustworthy of town and effectively competed opposed to different non secular institutions additionally supplying memorial prone. Charlotte A. Stanford's research is the 1st to comprehensively study the unpublished publication of Donors manuscript and convey the categories and styles of presents made to the cathedral. It additionally compares those present entries with these in prior obituary documents saved through the cathedral canons, in addition to different medieval obituary notices stored by means of parish church buildings and convents in Strasbourg. research of the booklet of Donors notes the rise of private info and requests in fifteenth-century entries and discusses different memorial possibilities on hand to the religious. This research attracts a brilliant photograph of lifestyles in overdue medieval Strasbourg as visible in the course of the lens of devotional and memorial practices, and may be of specific curiosity to students of artwork heritage, reminiscence, and medieval city life.

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