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Description - The Visual Culture of Baptism in the Middle Ages by Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens

Under the guidance of the leading experts on baptismal fonts and the co-directors of the Baptisteria Sacra Index, the world's only iconographical inventory of baptismal fonts, a research project at the University of Toronto, this collection of essays by a group of European and North American scholars extends the traditional boundaries associated with the study of baptismal fonts. The 'visual' is privileged, whether it is in the metaphysical, literary or empirical realms of scholarship, offering a rich understanding of the powerful role of baptism played in medieval and renaissance society. In the quest for a holistic understanding of the vessels, the settings and contexts, the rituals and the spiritual significance of the font, itself, the contributors have turned to a range of sources, folkloric tales, baptismal records, liturgical sermons, civic records, literary accounts, hagiographies and historical documents about local families, communities and ecclesiastical developments. Previous scholarship about baptismal fonts has often focused on the purely stylistic, iconographical and liturgical perspectives, using primarily ecclesiastical and liturgical documentation. This collection of essays shows the wealth of new information that baptismal fonts can offer when scholars adopt interdisciplinary approaches and engage in readings that question traditional assumptions inherited in scholarship.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781409456759
ISBN-10: 1409456757
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Aug-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens

Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens, University of Toronto and Co-Director, Baptisteria Sacra Index: An Iconographic Index of Baptismal Fonts; Miguel A. Torrens, University of Toronto and Co-Director, Baptisteria Sacra Index: An Iconographic Index of Baptismal Fonts.

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