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Laughing, Crying and Killing: Emotions at Stake in Medieval Bohemia

A public lecture by Thomas A. Fudge (University of New England) at The University of Adelaide. 

Date: Thursday 22 November 2018
Time: 6pm
Venue: Napier 209 Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide
Enquiries: Contact the symposium organisers Stephanie Thomson and Jessica McCandless
Stephanie Thomson and Jessica McCandless
Registration:  All welcome. Attendance at the public lecture is free, but registration is essential.

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This public lecture is the keynote opening address of the one-day symposium 'Religion and Emotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, c.1100–1800'.

Laughter, tears and killing were responses to Hussite heresy. Heresy brought fear to the church and the heretics were fearful of retribution, and the violence of prison, sword, and the fires of the stake. But what do these expressions of emotion tell us? This lecture examines a sermon reflecting vivid fear of the heretics, a chronicle wherein a principle response to the Hussites is laughter, and the outpouring of extravagant emotion in the wake of the murder of a popular priest in Prague. Using heresy as context, the lecture seeks to understand how emotion shapes both historical narrative and communicative memory.

Thomas A. Fudge is Professor of History at the University of New England. He is an historian of Christianity with a research focus on Hussite history in fifteenth-century Bohemia and the author of fifteen books.

Presented by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Image: Carlo Crivelli, 'Pietà' (1476). Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.