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Nov 9
13:00 - 14:00
Sacrifices for Holy Ground: Commemoration of the Great War Dead, 1916-1939
Religious Studies Research Seminar
Professor Mark Connelly (University of Kent)

Abstract: Religious allegory was used extensively throughout the Great War with most of the combatants claiming that they were performing God's will in fighting the forces of evil. For the British, a particular image was that of the ruins of the Belgian city of Ypres, which was often portrayed as a site of martyrdom. An elevated language soon surrounded Ypres with the main road leading from it to the front described as the imperial Via Dolorosa. Ypres was deemed sacred ground and after the war it inspired a cult of commemoration which was capable of transforming the seeming futility of the fighting into an act of redemption. This paper will explore the language and visual images used to create this discourse and why it proved so enduring.


Seminar Room 2,
Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Contact: Dr Chris Deacy


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