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The Virgin Mary in the Byzantine World, 400–1200: Images, Texts, Relics, and Ceremony

Mary Cunningham, University of Nottingham, Fellow 2015–2016

My fellowship was primarily spent working on a forthcoming book (coauthored with Leslie Brubaker) entitled The Virgin Mary in the Byzantine World, ca. AD 400–1204: Images, Texts, Relics, and Ceremony. My part of the project included work on the Marian relics in Constantinople (a robe and a belt), festal and occasional sermons, hagiography, and various polemical texts that concern the Virgin Mary. Although the book is not finished, we were able to make significant progress on our respective parts. In addition to revising four existing chapters, I was able to carry out new research on middle Byzantine hymnography and poetry. The completed project will be submitted to Cambridge University Press. Other projects completed in the course of the fellowship included correcting the proofs of “The Interpretation of the New Testament in Byzantine Preaching: Mediating an Encounter with the Word,” an article that will appear in The New Testament in Byzantium, edited by D. Krueger and R. S. Nelson. Thomas Arentzen and I submitted a proposal for an edited volume—based on the proceedings of a workshop on the Virgin Mary at the International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, in August—to Cambridge University Press.