The Power of Place: Port-Royal, a Wounded Place Transfigured

Berlis, Angela (2017). The Power of Place: Port-Royal, a Wounded Place Transfigured. In: Berlis, Angela; Korte, Anne-Marie; Biezeveld, Kune (eds.) Everyday Life and the Sacred: Re/configuring Gender Studies in Religion. Studies in Theology and Religion: Vol. 23 (pp. 169-194). Leiden – Boston: Brill 10.1163/9789004353794_011

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Angela Berlis describes in the devastation of the Cistercian monastery of Port-Royal in the early 18th century and the steps towards the sanctification of this desecrated and “wounded place”. Here the process of sanctification begins with narrative and collected memories and progresses to pilgrimages. The irony of the history is that its very destruction transformed this place from being a “generational” place into a place of living remembrance, a “lieu de mémoire”. Whether as a starting point for reform, as a venue of the conflict between Jansenists and Jesuits, or as the point of intersection between France and the Netherlands—the so-called Church of Utrecht—in the development of this place of pilgrimage, sanctification, and remembrance are virtually identical. Conversion and resistance make up the spiritual lining of this place. The sanctification of this place consisted in the commitment of various groups and individuals to not forget the horror. The travelogue of Mary Ann Schimmelpenninck (1778–1856), who visited the remains of Port-Royal in the Chevreuse Valley in 1814, helps ensure the aura of this place beyond its destruction.

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01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Old Catholic Theology [discontinued]

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200 Religion > 270 History of Christianity
200 Religion > 280 Christian denominations






Studies in Theology and Religion






Angela Berlis

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31 May 2018 12:22

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