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English Works of John Fisher: General Introduction

Edited by Cecilia A. Hatt

in English Works of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780198270119
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600609 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198270119.003.0003
 English Works of John Fisher: General Introduction

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This introduction to Fisher's writings deals with four main topics. It first gives an account of the aims and techniques of the medieval preaching tradition, in particular the “university sermon”, followed by a structural analysis of a sermon that illustrates some developments of preaching in the early sixteenth century. Features of John Fisher's prose style are examined, including sentence structure, and characteristic imagery. The chapter ends with assessments of Fisher's writing by modern critics, including C.S.Lewis.

Keywords: early sixteenth century; imagery; medieval preaching tradition; modern critics; prose style; university sermon

Chapter.  13138 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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