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080050 VO Medieval Legends and their Media in Central Europe (m./zeu.K.) (2020S)

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Sprache: Englisch



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Montag 20.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Montag 27.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The aim of the lecture series is to offer basic insights into the functioning of medieval pictorial hagiography in Central Europe. The narrative images from the lives of saints in this region can be broadly divided into two groups. First, there were the heroes whose legends have inspired the whole Christian world, such as apostles, holy bishops, virgin martyrs etc. Second, there were the local saints. Sometimes, their lives were represented not only in the region, but also widely behind its borders (e.g. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Stanislas of Cracow), sometimes they remained of important, but predominantly local influence (Saint Venceslas, Saint Ludmila, Saint Hedwig of Thuringia, Saint Ladislas of Hungary). One of the leading questions of the course will be the place of those legendary lives in the visual culture of towns, monasteries and castles in Central Europe. What media were used for their representation? What was the institutional background of the pictorial cycles? Which legends proved to be the most inspiring? Were there some special features of these local saints which could motivate patrons to invest in their propagation? Have some legends been adjusted dependent on their importance for people’s everyday life? In these respects, there are many intersections with general history, microhistory or social psychology of the respective communities.
Another important group of questions will be regarding the structure of individual narratives. What scenes were the most important to be depicted and why? Which narrative structures were typical for what medium? Was there a difference between a story of saintly life in a chronicle compared to a legendary? What role was played by theological principles, such as the imitation of Christ or of the Virgin Mary? Were there special types of images which seemed to be privileged? After introducing several key narratives in detail, there will remain some room to carefully look for general principles, which might be relevant for a philosophical anthropology or even for a general theory of images in medieval and modern perspectives.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

- written exam (a test aimed at abasic identication and analysis of five selected examples)
- permitted aids: dictionaries (for non-native speakers).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Minimum requirements
Basic knowledge of the topics discussed during lectures, basic knowledge about the literature on the subject (in English and in German, will be announced continuously).

Assessment criteria
The final assessment will be based on the results of the written test.
To pass the course, participants must be able to identify the main personalities and typical scenes of those legends, discussed during lectures. To obtain a better result, they should be actively interested in theoretical questions, raised during the lectures and show the results of this interest in their written commentaries on selected examples.


All examination topics will be directly related to the topics, discussed during lectures.


Klaniczay, Gábor. Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses : Dynastic Cults in Medieval Central Europe. [in Translated from the Hungarian.] Cambridge - New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Le Goff, Jacques. In Search of Sacred Time : Jacobus De Voragine and the Golden Legend. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.
Schmidt, G., F. Unterkircher, and Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Codex 370. Krumauer Bildercodex. Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek Codex 370. Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt, 1967.

Books and articles to individual case studies will be announced continuously and a selection will be posted on moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 11.01.2021 14:08