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Emotions and the Ritual of a Nun's Coronation in late medieval Germany

Hotchin, Julie (2017) Emotions and the Ritual of a Nun's Coronation in late medieval Germany. In: Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe 1200 - 1920: Family, State and Church. Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions . Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 171-192. ISBN 978-3-319-44185-6


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This article examines the emotional dimensions of a nun’s spiritual marriage as enacted through the ritual of her coronation. The chapter focuses attention on how ritual performance articulated and reproduced social relations of power within the monastery and with ecclesiastic authorities. I outline how convent entrance practices, including the coronation ritual, socialized and transitioned new members into the emotional norms of the community. Highlighting how emotional arousal within liturgical performance is an exercise in developing ‘right attitudes’ rather than individual expression, I demonstrate through analysis of ritual dynamics and devotional scripts how a woman’s emotional response to her coronation was structured to align to communal norms for emotional expression and performance.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Emotion, ritual, nun's coronation, female spirituality, entry to religious life
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
D - Liturgy
D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
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Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 00:40
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2869

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