Relating to the Cross

A Puppet Perspective on the Holy Week Ceremonies of the Regularis Concordia

Authored by: Debra Hilborn

The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  July  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415705400
eBook ISBN: 9781315850115
Adobe ISBN: 9781317911722


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In the Holy Week ceremonies described in the tenth-century guide to monastic living called the Regularis Concordia, the medieval congregant would encounter a cross that sings, is wrapped in cloth and buried in a tomb, and finally disappears over the course of the week’s observances. The medieval cross, as an object of study, has been interpreted from countless perspectives in a variety of disciplines. Perhaps the most powerful sign in medieval Europe, probably only surpassed by the Eucharistic host in the later Middle Ages, the cross was also a material object.

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