Professor Dr. Thomas Lentes teaches medieval history and medieval and modern church history at the University of Münster. His research focuses on signs—religious (Eucharistic images, indulgence images) and profane (banners)— and their materiality and mediality in the context of religious and social practices. He has extensively published on the role of the image and imagination in medieval liturgy and prayer, and the medial presence of the sacred. Among his publications are: The Saints’ Garments: The Relation between Prayer, Image, and Imagination (1993), Prayerbooks and Gesture: Religious Expression in Prayerbooks from the Dominican Monastery St. Nikolaus in undis in Strasbourg 1350-1500 (1996), “As far as the eye can see…”: Rituals of Gazing in the Late Middle Ages (2006), Event and Representation: the Relation between Liturgy and Image in the Middle Ages (2010). Thomas Lentes is also the head of the research team “Cult Image: Cultural History and Theology of the Image in the Middle Ages”at the University of Münster.
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