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Dr Kati Ihnat

Dr Kati Ihnat

Dr Kati Ihnat
BA (Tor.), MA (Ecole pratique des hautes etudes), PhD (Lond.)

Research Associate

Area of research

The Virgin Mary in early medieval Iberia

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My research interests centre around medieval devotional culture, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which religious narratives and rituals interact to shape group identities.

My main research focus has been on devotion to the Virgin Mary as a window onto medieval religious cultures and especially the construction of religious identities. Looking at everything from liturgical offices to miracles stories, meditational texts, theological treatises, prayers and art, I'm interested in the ways Mary is shaped as a symbol of Christian orthodoxy and identity, particularly against non-Christians.

The intersection between devotion and identity, theology and practice, has been the subject of my ongoing research now at the University of Bristol, where I have joined a ground-breaking project on the Old Hispanic Office. Together with musicologists, Dr. Emma Hornby and Dr. Elsa De Luca, and other members of an interdisciplinary team, I am seeking to unravel the culture that shaped this little understood liturgy, one that has remained largely unpenetrable to scholars due to its many unusual features. One of these is a uniquely Iberian feast of the Virgin Mary, which contains considerable anti-Jewish material. My aim is to explore the interaction between devotion and polemic in this liturgy, trying to answer wider questions about its meaning, use and repercussions for relations between Jews and Christians in early medieval Iberia.


'Monastic Cultures' (Music)

'Introduction to Medieval History' (History)


  • Devotional cultures
  • the cult of the Virgin Mary
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • polemic and the liturgy



Department of Music

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