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Virginia Reinburg
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3858)

Pilgrim Pastoral: Shrines, Nature, and the Landscape in France, c. 1450-1750

This project on shrines and the pilgrims who visited them explores the relationship of religion to nature and the landscape in early modern France. Of central importance are works of literature and art representing shrines and landscapes. I address two major questions: how did people of that time and place create a landscape by means of religion, and how did they live their religion in the world of nature? These questions will open an inquiry that will be fully interdisciplinary, drawing on methods from history, anthropology, art history, literary criticism, religious studies, the history of science, and environmental studies. France's many shrines dedicated to the Virgin Mary and saints formed a sacred topography mapped, painted, and written, from the Reformation to the Enlightenment. My goal is to locate these shrines in the landscapes and natural environments in which they were embedded, thus exposing the long history of relationships linking religion, nature, and the arts.

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Project fields:
European History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013