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The Construction Of Memory And The Display Of Social Bonds In The Life Of Corpus Christi Fraternity From Sibiu (Hermannstadt, Nagyszeben)

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On 22 May 1448, just a few days before the feast of Corpus Christi, the representatives of the Transylvanian Saxons gathered in Sibiu. This chapter attempt to decipher the details of this connection between the construction of memory and the display of social bonds using the example of the fraternity dedicated to Corpus Christi. Religion provided medieval communities with perhaps the best suited vehicle for memory construction. The position maintained by the Corpus Christi fraternity from Sibiu in the social life of the town is one path where one could follow the construction of its memory. By focusing on the religious practices developed by the Corpus Christi fraternity from Sibiu, the author argues that the kind of memory they constructed corresponded to the so-called memory of the group.

Keywords: Corpus Christi fraternity; Sibiu; social bonds; Transylvanian Saxons



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