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Early Liturgy, History, and the Arts at Saint-Denis under Abbot Suger, 1121-1151
Tova Leigh-Choate, Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

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‘To be sated at the heavenly table instead of at the present one’: Abbot Suger on Food, Feasting, and Song. (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: ‘To be sated at the heavenly table instead of at the present one’: Abbot Suger on Food, Feasting, and Song.
Author: Tova Leigh-Choate
Abstract: Historian, regent of France, and patron of art and architecture, Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis was also a liturgist and liturgical commentator. He endowed feasts and memorials, and he described in his charters and historical writings the significance of liturgical ritual and liturgical objects. While most famous for his celebration of the visual aspects of the liturgy—bejeweled vessels, anagogical narratives in sculpture and stained glass, etc.—Suger also highlighted the role of the other senses in liturgical experience. This paper explores the significance of taste, food, and feasting (or not) in Suger’s liturgical thought, in the abbey’s liturgical records, and in the medieval liturgy and its commentary traditions more broadly. It also demonstrates the importance of charters and other kinds of writings in our efforts to reconstruct and understand the liturgies of the past.
Date: 05/21/2015
Conference Name: Senses of the Liturgy Conference/Plainsong and Medieval Music Study Day, Bristol, England.

Music, Memory, and the Monastic Meal at Saint-Denis in the Twelfth Century (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Music, Memory, and the Monastic Meal at Saint-Denis in the Twelfth Century
Author: Tova Leigh-Choate
Abstract: This dinner talk and discussion connected Abbot Suger’s famous Gothic portals and chevet of the abbey church of Saint-Denis with the abbey’s musical liturgies and other activities, including meals in the refectory. It highlights some of the ways that art, architecture, objects, song, and even food and drink combined to promote the memory of the saints (especially Saint Denis and the Virgin Mary), the royal dead buried in the abbey church (in particular, "good king Dagobert" and Charles the Bald), and Abbot Suger himself.
Date: 02/03/2016
Conference Name: Dinner with the Yale Club of France, Paris.

Music, Memory, and the Monastic Meal at Saint-Denis in the Twelfth Century (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Music, Memory, and the Monastic Meal at Saint-Denis in the Twelfth Century
Author: Tova Leigh-Choate
Abstract: This dinner talk and discussion connected Abbot Suger’s famous Gothic portals and chevet of the abbey church of Saint-Denis with the abbey’s musical liturgies and other activities, including meals in the refectory. It highlights some of the ways that art, architecture, objects, song, and even food and drink combined to promote the memory of the saints (especially Saint Denis and the Virgin Mary), the royal dead buried in the abbey church (in particular, "good king Dagobert" and Charles the Bald), and Abbot Suger himself.
Date: 02/03/2016
Conference Name: Dinner with the Yale Club of France, Paris.


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