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Paper Monuments And The Creation Of Memory: The Personal And Dynastic Mourning Of Princess Magdalena Sibylle Of Saxony

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Magdalena Sibylle's funeral volume for her son Christian is a unique document of both maternal grief and dynastic loss. Magdalena Sibylle found creative means to grieve for her dead son that introduced new funeral genres to the region, reworked existing practices, and influenced the culture of commemoration in the following decades. The funeral volume is divided into distinct parts: Magdalena Sibylle clearly wrote and compiled the first section herself and directed that the five funeral sermons from important stages of the funeral ritual be appended. Magdalena Sibylle's small format funeral publication for her son is an important milestone in funerary publications by women. Her writing presented the voice of the mother, keenly aware of her personal and dynastic loss. Her paper monument reenacted in print the funeral ceremonies and the mourning process, creating a memory of the deceased that burst temporal confines.

Keywords: Magdalena Sibylle's lamentation; paper monuments; Prince Christian of Saxe-Altenburg; Princess Magdalena Sibylle of Saxony



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