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"Religious Charisma and Institutional Order: The Legend of Saint Ursula": Peter Strohschneider at 'The Symbolic Middle Ages' Seminar

Professor Peter Strohschneider gave a paper at "The Symbolic Middle Ages" Seminar

"Religious Charisma and Institutional Order: The Legend of Saint Ursula": Peter Strohschneider at 'The Symbolic Middle Ages' Seminar

On 11 October 2018, Professor Peter Strohschneider (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), the president of the DFG, presented a paper entitled "Religious Charisma and Institutional Order: The Legend of Saint Ursula" at the Centre for Medieval Studies' Seminar "The Symbolic Middle Ages".

The lecture addressed the disruptive power with which sacral charisma challenges institutional order, including that of the Church. Peter Strohschneider discussed this issue in detail, using the case of martyrdom and the hagiographic narrative of martyrdom to develop a theory of legendary narrative. The lecture was based on the thirteenth-century German-language version of the legend of Ursula in the Legenda aurea by Jacobus de Voragine.