Title: Between Heaven and Earth. Cistercian Nunneries as Dynastic Memorials in the Low Countries
Authors: Coomans, Thomas
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Conference: Arbeitskreises geistliche Frauen im europäischen Mittelalter (AGFEM) edition:Zweite international Tagung location:Schlossakademie Schloss Dhaun date:21-23 July 2011
Abstract: Recent research has proven that there was a preference for Cistercian nunneries for perpetuating dynastic memory in the 13th century in the Low Countries. Several abbey churches developed rather uncommon architectural configurations that only can be related with the funerary function of the place and the power of the Dukes of Brabant, the Counts of Flanders, the Dukes of Gueldre, the Counts of Holland, etc. Even though most of these exceptional buildings have been demolished, architectural, visual and written sources allow us to evoke these spaces where tombs of princes, relics of saints and praying Cistercian virgins lived together between life and death, heaven and earth.
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
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