St Geneviève's relics in revolutionary Paris: religion, the city, and modernity
13 November 2018
Sint-Andrieskerk - Augustijnenstraat - 2000 Antwerpen
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Organization / co-organization:
Ruusbroecgenootschap, Department of History, Urban Studies Institute
Lecture Sensational Cities
About the lecture
For more than a millennium, St Geneviève’s relics were called upon by Parisians in moments of crisis. But in 1793, in the midst of the French Revolution, those holy relics became the focus of a very different public ritual. Before angry crowds on the Place de Grève, the remains of St Geneviève were mocked, burnt to ashes, and thrown into the Seine.
How did these sacred relics so quickly change from beloved devotional objects to hated symbols of oppression? A talk with Hannah Williams.