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The Memory of the Bishop in Medieval Cathedrals

Ceremonies and Visualizations

Edited By Gerardo Boto Varela, Isabel Escandell and Esther Lozano Lopez

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El claustro de la catedral de León: un espacio entre la memoria individual y colectiva a través de los sepulcros y testamentos canonicales a mediados del siglo XIII (Pablo Ordás Díaz)

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PABLO ORDÁS DÍAZ Universidade de Santiago de Compostela pablo.ordas.diaz@gmail.com

El claustro de la catedral de León: un espacio entre la memoria individual y colectiva a través de los sepulcros y testamentos canonicales a mediados del siglo XIII

Abstract: León cathedral’s cloister is similar to other buildings where the burial function was assimilated along with liturgical purposes, such as anniversary processions, feasts or solemn celebrations from the Ordinary Time, but also laic events where the cathedral chapter played not only a significant but an extraordinary role. The main goal of this paper is to examine the funerary sculpture from 13th and 14th centuries along with the canons’ testaments and wills; these will allow us to track a series of personal relations based on friendship, the positions the deceased held among the chapter or the direct desire to perpetuate the own and collective memory of the Leonese canons.

Keywords: cloister, funeral sculpture, canons, testaments, memory, medieval friendship relations.

1.  Una casa para los muertos1

El claustro de la catedral de León se configuró desde un primer momento como un lugar de enterramiento para la comunidad de ← 249 | 250 → canónigos que conformaba el capítulo leonés. En los siglos anteriores, la catedral había contado con un cabildo regular, como era preceptivo en las sedes hispanas tras el Concilio de Compostela de 1063, en el que los obispos de Santiago,...

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