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  Wednesday, June 7, 2006 16.00 p.m

Laudes regiae: In Praise of Kings. Medieval Ruler Acclamations, Liturgy, and Power

Faculty Tower, Room #409


Nancy van Deusen

Clarmont Graduate University

The image of Christ as King, apart from the New Testament book of Revelation, is not a prevalent New Testament image. Through the course of the Middle Ages, however, medieval acclamations, the Laudes regiae, based upon the "kingship" Psalms of the Old Testament, increasingly project Christ as King, rather than the "suffering servant," and conflate this image liturgically with that of the temporal ruler--a fascinating juxtaposition of influence from Late Antiquity, the biblical scriptures, and power politics.

Professor Nancy van Deusen is Professor of Music, Benezet Professor of the Humanities, Claremont Graduate University; and since 1995, Recurrent Visiting Professor in the CEU Medieval Studies Department. She is also Director of the Claremont Consortium for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Claremont Consortium of Colleges and Graduate University, and is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. She has taught at the Indiana University, Bloomington, where she received her PhD degree, at the University of Basel, Switzerland, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the California State University, and the Universities of New England and Melbourne, as well as Monash University, Australia. Her publications center on the interdisciplinary implications of music as a medieval science, and music within the history of ideas. She is currently completing a book on the role of music as an exemplary discipline within the intellectual milieu of the early University of Paris, ca. 1220-1235, and a multi-volume study of the medieval Latin sequence as a liturgical, philosophical, and compositional genre from ca. 900-1600 CE.

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