Resources – Session 2 – ‘Heterodoxies’ – 11 June 2015

Resources from our second session Introductions to Medieval Culture session are now online!!!

Introductions To Medieval Culture


Dr Daniel J Reeve & Meghan Quinlan

The Fourfold Sense of Scripture:

This is the system, widespread/orthodox in medieval Europe, of scriptural exegesis (interpretation of the Bible) according to which the scripture has four modes of meaning, the literal (the description of things that happened), the allegorical (what it figures/represents for a Christian reader), the moral (it’s import for daily life – the behavioural norms that can be derived from it), and the anagogical (looking forward to te eschatological future and the narrative of salvation history).

Heresy, a definition:

Robert Grosseteste – ‘Heresy is an idea [sentenzia] chosen by human perception contrary to scripture, publicly taught and obstinately defended’

The Trivium –

Three disciplines which form the first stage of a medieval education: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric.

The Quadrivium – 

Four disciplines which form the higher stage of a medieval education: Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy, Music.

Scripture cited:

Luke 23:43 – ‘I say to you(,) today(,) you will…

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Resources – Session 1 – ‘Orthodoxies – 09 June 2015

The first resources for Introductions to Medieval Culture are now online!

Introductions To Medieval Culture

Speakers: Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury & Gustav Zamore

Useful links:

Website of AHRC research project on the experience and enactment of medieval worship.

Isidore of Seville’s Etymologiesin the original Latin & in English translation.

Plan of a church (All Saints’ parish church, Newchurch, Isle of Wight):

NB – the chancel (and the high altar) are traditionally found at the east end of the church.

– larger churches and cathedrals also had other altars, chapels, and chantries to the Virgin Mary (Lady Chapel) and various saints, as well as a baptistry (sometimes separate from the main church building, as with the Cathedrals of Florence & Pisa), a vestry (where the clergy would dress and also perform parts of the liturgy), & an enclosed choir area (in which the choir would perform their parts of the liturgy). The chancel would have been screened off from the nave. This list…

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Schedule of Workshops (free food!)

A new workshop is starting in Oxford next week, here’s how it’s shaping up!

Introductions To Medieval Culture

This exciting medieval culture party starts next week!
All sessions will take place from 12-2pm in the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road.
Savoury snacks will be provided (vegetarians and vegans catered for).
Tuesday of 7th Week (9 June) – ‘Orthodoxies’ (looking at developments in orthodox religious thought)
Thursday of 7th Week (11 June) – ‘Heterodoxies’ (looking at deviation, heresy, alternative models of religious thought and cultural practice)
Tuesday of 8th Week (16 June) – ‘(Natural) Philosophies’ (tracing developments in physiology, philosophy, the Latin Aristotle, etc)
Thursday of 8th Week (18 June) – ‘The Organisation of Knowledge’ (material culture, book history, the rise of encyclopaedias and universities).

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