Dr Marianne Ritsema van Eck

Research Fellow, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Dr Marianne Ritsema van Eck

Areas of expertise:late medieval and early modern religious culture; Franciscan studies; Italian sacri monti; visual and material culture; saints and sanctity; early modern Rome; pilgrimage and travel to the Holy Land/Jerusalem; historical cartography

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2023-7120

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

Before coming to ACU Marianne was assistant professor in medieval history at Leiden University. In June 2017 she defended her PhD dissertation cum laude at the University of Amsterdam.

Her main area of interest is religious culture of the late medieval and early modern period, and its expressions at the intersection of material and textual culture, particularly the dynamics between (invented) narratives of origin and sacred objects and locations involved in the projection of innovative sacred topographies, and their social functions.

Specific topics include St Helena and the city of Rome, and the anchoring of Observant Franciscanism in evolving confessional landscapes (both ca. 1400-1650). Additional research interests include historical graffiti, travel and pilgrimage literature of the Mediterranean, sacred geography, historical cartography, and sacri monti.

In her first book, The Holy Land in Observant Franciscan Texts (Brill 2019), Marianne analyses the development of the complex Observant Franciscan engagement with the Holy Land during the early modern period. She is currently working on a second book project about Franciscan sacri monti in Italy (c. 1250-1700).

Select Publications

  • The Holy Land in Observant Franciscan Texts (c. 1480–1650): Theology, Travel, and Territoriality. Brill, 2019.

Journal articles

  • “Genealogy as a Heuristic Device for Franciscan Order History in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity: Texts and Trees,” Franciscan Studies 77 (2019): 135-169.
  • “Graffiti in medieval and early modern religious spaces: illicit or accepted practice? The case of the sacro monte at Varallo,”Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 131, no. 1 (2018): 51-72.
  • “Encounters with the Levant: The late medieval illustrated Jerusalem Travelogue by Paul Walter von Guglingen,” Mediterranean Historical Review 32, no. 2 (2017): 153-188.

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