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Introduction

H. Leith Spencer

in English Preaching in the Late Middle Ages

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112037
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112037.003.0001
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This book focuses on late medieval sermons and considers some of the requirements of preaching in general. The present study surveys in some detail the dissemination of the texts in the medieval period. It concentrates upon manuscripts produced in c.1370–c.1500, which appear to have been disseminated in consequence of a number of interrelated developments which had their origins in the later fourteenth century. Notable among these are the enhanced prestige of English, the interests of an increasingly literate laity in more advanced matters of theology than the rudiments of Christian behaviour, and dissatisfaction with the Church, expressed by orthodox and heterodox alike, for what they saw as its failure as a social institution to exhibit the highest spiritual ideals.

Keywords: late medieval sermons; sermons; preaching; manuscripts; theology; Christian behaviour

Chapter.  8449 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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