Professor Carolyn Muessig - inaugural lecture

Professor of Medieval Religion
Department of Religion and Theology

This lecture took place on Wednesday 16 March 2016.


A perfect miracle: The stigmata in pre-modern Europe

Francis of Assisi is perhaps best known as the patron saint of the environment. He is also often considered to be the first in a long line of people who miraculously received the stigmata, or the wounds of Christ, on his body. These women and men, known as stigmatics, dotted the landscape of pre-modern Europe, capturing the admiration as well as the consternation of their contemporaries. This lecture will discuss the function and role of stigmatics in devotional groups and in secular communities, showing how people made sense of this most unusual religious phenomenon.