Questions on Ritual, Church, Theater, the Eucharist, and venerating the Veronica!
- One question that keeps emerging from these readings is whether seeing is believing in the later Middle Ages. Where do the authors of these articles stand on this issue?
- What occurs when the host is treated as a commodity?
- How does the Jew fare in the wake of the Feast of the Corpus Christi and in the Croxton play?
- Do you agree with Beckwith’s characterization of the Mass vis à vis theater?
- What was the significance of the battle waged at Corbie in the 9th century?
- What practices surrounding the Eucharist ensued after the host was proclaimed the holiest of holies by the priest? In other words, in what ways was the Eucharist both a doctrine and a practice?
- What was the 13th century trope of the Jew abusing the host? Why was the construction of “the other” necessary in this symbolic system?
- What were the two types of images of Christ depicted on the Veronica? Do they correspond to a certain period in time or genre of literature?
- How do Hamburger’s findings about the nuns differ from Clark’s ideas about lay women and their respective use of images?
- What impact did increased literacy and the flourishing of the book market have upon the Veronica?
- Discuss the divergent characterizations of the Virgin Mary in devotional texts and the conduct manuals of the later Middle Ages. Do you agree with Clark’s thesis?
- The Veronica may be a metonym for the whole body of Christ or an alternative to the focus on his body. Do you believe the worshiper would respond in different ways to Christ as a Man of Sorrows than he/she would to the image of the Veronica?