Item description for The Use and Abuse of Sacred Places in Late Medieval Towns (Mediaevalia Lovaniensia) by Paul Trio...
Church buildings dominated the medieval towns. Higher and stronger than most buildings in town, they offered a venue for various kinds of activities. Primarily the faithful flocked towards the churches to attend masses. However, the use of sacred places was not restricted to religion. Secular authorities, the ruler, the town government, the trades or guilds also made use of these ecclesiastical buildings for practical or socio-political reasons. As such the sacred places were perceived to lend a kind of sacral aura to all proceedings taking place inside. Apart from a mere enumeration and description of the different uses eleven scholars explain why these sacred places were such appreciated venues for various kinds of secular activities, and why some churches and monasteries were more popular than others.
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Studio: Leuven University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2006
Publisher Leuven University Press
ISBN 905867519X ISBN13 9789058675194