This digital essay's goal is to make the evidence gathered from the archival and material record accessible to the public, students, and scholars. As the archival record is never complete, and all reconstructions of medieval environment must always remain to a certain extent contingent, it is crucial for our evidence and reconstruction methods to be as transparent and accessible as possible.
I created this digital companion with the assistance of student scholars at Hope College (Holland, MI). Jonathan Bading transcribed, analyzed, and sang the chants from the office of St. Lazare found in the abbey's fifteenth-century antiphonary. Emily Lindbloom created pen and ink drawings of the abbey's interior and Holy Tear armoire. Her drawings are based on material, visual, and documentary evidence.
This project was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts and Humanities at Hope College, and the Clark and Nancy Borgeson Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Grant in the Arts.