Chapter

Setting the Scene

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/9780198112037.003.0002
Setting the Scene

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This chapter discusses sermon collections, their organization and content, preaching, and diversity of audience. Model sermon collections, drawn from the common stock of religious writing, assist a preacher not only by giving him something to say, but also by showing him how to present it. That is, they influence both the content and organization of individual sermons and collections. Formal collections of sermons de tempore and de sanctis not only seem to guarantee a sermon for every Sunday, and for other days of importance, but they lead the reader to suppose that at least some priests wanted to encourage such regular weekly preaching.

Keywords: sermon; sermon collections; de tempore; de sanctis; preacher; preaching

Chapter.  27049 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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