The Measure of Piety!
1. Why are the Wounds of Christ a key element in late Medieval piety?
2. Do you agree with Lewis about the gendered nature of devotion in the later Middle Ages?
3. What did a focus on the side wound promote in the worshiper?
4. Is it a useful fiction to view men as the authors of guides to meditation and women as the authors of visions?
5. How do the Rothchild Canticles differ from the representation of Christ in Kunigunde’s manuscript?
6. How has scholarship treated the sexual nature of the side wound? Where do you stand on this issue?
7. What associations does the Arma Christi have besides invoking the Passion of Christ?
8. How does the symbolism of the Arma Christi vary over the course of the medieval period and is it the same for lay and religious audiences?
9. Does Christ weigh in (as it were) on the arithmetic of grace?
10. What was quantified for spiritual merit in the later Middle Ages?
11. What is implied by the phrase “with spiritual interest and annuities?” Have you done your taxes?
12. What was the impact of the written word on this economy of grace?
13. Who criticized the quantification of piety and what did that criticism engender?
14. In what ways did this number game function as a mnemonic system? What was the purpose of number symbolism in the later Middle Ages?
15. What was God’s side of the bargain in this bartering system?