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Revisiting Chaucer and Christianity; Report on a session at the Christianity and Culture Conference

Author: Andrew Roach

Type: Conference Report


One of the aims of Christianity and Culture is to introduce students to medieval religion. In my discussion of ‘Chaucer and the friars’ I tried to suggest ways in which students might be made aware of the issues surrounding mendicant spirituality in the middle ages. Taking Sonja Cameron’s work on ‘Using the WWW to teach History…’ as the source for most of my ideas I showed the variety of modern visions of Franciscan spirituality on the web, including pet memorial sites, prayer lines and the corporate identity of the Franciscan Order’s web site. I then looked at the ways in which Franciscan history was presented on the web and how students might be encouraged to make a critical appraisal of this material.

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