The conference Tous les chemins mènent à Rome (All roads lead to Rome) explores pilgrims and pilgrimage routes in medieval Savoie.
Lecture by Arnaud Delerce, Doctor of History and Director of Château des Rubins/Sallanches.
In the Christian tradition, saints are endowed with an energy that remains present and continues to act after their death. This concept of sanctity was universally accepted in the final centuries of the Middle Ages, and intersected with another fundamental feature of the medieval mentality: the belief in the supernatural and in the intervention of otherworldly beings in the world of the living. How to harness some of this beneficial energy? By taking to the road, visiting a saint's tomb in Rome or elsewhere, making a vow in the event of a successful intercession and returning home... if all goes well. This talk takes us on a journey to meet the medieval pilgrims we met on the roads of Savoy: the Canterbury prior who was sorry to see his ink freeze at Mont-Joux, the Flemish merchant who, after crossing Mont-Cenis, had this motto painted in front of his store: "Loué soit Dieu, j'en suis revenu! Chronicles, travel accounts and accounting sources reveal the details of the ordeal within the ordeal of crossing the Alps.
Arnaud Delerce holds a doctorate in history from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He has taught at the universities of Lausanne and Savoie Mont-Blanc. His research focuses on the history and archives of Savoyard monasteries, justice and cultural mediation. Currently director of the Château des Rubins in Sallanches, he was previously director of the Château de Montrottier near Annecy and scientific director of the Abbey of Aulps in Saint-Jean-d'Aulps.
The lecture takes place in the Salle de l'Atelier at Abondance Abbey. Entrance on the church square, to the right of the abbey entrance.
Conference organized by the Association pour le développement culturel d'Abondance, in partnership with Abbey d'Abondance and the Pays d'art et d'histoire pays d'Evian-vallée d'Abondance label.
Friday 13 October 2023 between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm.
Free of charge.