Planctus

ORB bibliography on death and dying in Middle Ages

There will be a 1998 Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship panel at Kalamazoo on "Medieval Women as Mourners"; organizer is  Maud Burnett McInerney This session explores multidisciplinary perspectives on women as mourners in the Middle Ages.  Some potential topics include: the expected behavior of widows, rituals of grief, and monuments/art objects inspired by women's deaths. In charge of all the panels is Anne Clark Bartlett (abartlet@condor.depaul.edu).

Sandro Sticca. The Planctus Mariae in the Dramatic Tradition of the Middle Ages. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1988.

There is quite a thorough bibliography in J.R. Secor, Planctus Mariae: The Laments of Mary as Influenced by Courtly Literature (Ph.D. thesis, University of North Carolina, 1985).

A few years ago I edited a Planctus sermon by Michael Aiguani (d. 1400), in which public and civic elements are quite prominent: The Lamentation of the Virgin: A Planctus Mariae Sermon by Michael Aiguani of Bologna, O.Carm., in The Land of Carmel: Essays in Honor of Joachim Smet, O.Carm., ed. Paul Chandler and Keith J. Egan, Rome: Institutum Carmelitanum, 1991, 209-229.
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Paul Chandler                       ||  Yarra Theological Union
paulchan@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au   ||  Melbourne College of Divinity

The Academy for Medieval Studies "Accademia Jaufre' Rudel" in Gradisca d'Isonzo - Gorizia (ITALY) organizes the third edition of "Peridexion" - incontri con la cultura medievale. The program: February, 21 = "Il Planctus filiae Jephte di Abelardo fra teologia ed autobiografia" Prof. Roberto Gagliardi (Siena - Acc. Jaufr=E9 Rudel) con l'esecuzione di un frammento del Planctus da parte del Gruppo Vocale dell'Accademia

She might try Heath Dillard, _Daughters of the Reconquest_ (Cambridge, 1984).  Castile, not England, but lots of stuff on public mourning.

I am currently working on my dissertation, and I am searching for any information on funeral rituals and customs, specifically lamentations and mourning during the middle ages and Renaissance in England.  I am looking for specific accounts of public wailing and crying a la Margery Kempe, for example. I would be grateful if you would post my query.  I'm specifically interested in evidence of emotional and theatrical demonstrations of mourning in England during the middle ages and Renaissance.  I've been tracking down such sources as the Lisle letters, which talk about the expense of buying all the black cloth in which to drape everything and everyone.  I've found a few fleeting references to loud wailing that I will track down next week at the New York Public library, because, they, thankfully, have the STC of Early English Texts on CDrom.  Thank you for your help. >>Sincerely, Katharine Goodland        Haassan@aol.com>

In response to the query about public lamentation and mourning, my article about the sarcophagus of Dona Blanca in Najera (Spain), recently cited in this list for representations of the soul, is about mourning rituals.  There is a large literature in Spanish which can be tracked through my footnotes, but I discuss the older sources (Biblical, specifically Old Testament, and Greek & Roman) and heroic lament as in The Song of Roland, as well as in courtly literature. "Lament for a Lost Queen: The Sarcophagus of Dona Blanca in Najera," The Art Bulletin LXXVIII/2 (June 1996) 311-333.
I hope this is not repetitive, as I have only joined the list, and I appreciate the person who thought to mention my work earlier.
Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo, Montclair State University
delalamo@saturn.montclair.edu OR  delalamo@worldnet.att.net