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History Talk: The Multiplication of Breads: Performing Charity in South France, 14th - 15th Century

Date & Time:
January 15, 2018 | 3:00 pm
SS 623
Lucie Laumonier, UCalgary

On the feast of Ascension, forty days after Easter, many communities of late medieval Languedoc organized large public almsgivings, called "Charities". Lucie Laumonier's talk is based on the example of the city of Montpellier in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, one of the main urban centres of Lower Languedoc. The particular almsgiving of the Ascension allowed for a public performance of Christian charity and simultaneously reinforced the city's civic identity. The presentation will look at the practical implications of the Charity, in terms of impact, finances, organization, policing, and will analyse its symbolic and political significance.