In persona Christi: Liturgical Gloves and the Construction of Public Religious Identity

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Abstract

Within the Catholic Church from around the tenth century onwards, liturgical gloves could be worn on specific occasions by those of the rank of bishop and above. Using a pair of seventeenth century gloves in the Whitworth as a basis for further exploration, this article explores the meanings ascribed to liturgical gloves and the techniques used to make them. It argues that, within the ceremony of the mass, gloves had a specific role to play in allowing bishops to function performatively in the role of Christ.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-157
Number of pages23
JournalBulletin of the John Rylands Library
Volume95
Issue number2
Early online date1 Sept 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • gloves
  • liturgy
  • knitting
  • William Durandus
  • Charles Borromeo
  • Counter Reformation
  • mass

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