The Preaching of <i>Pastoralia</i>

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:
The Preaching of Pastoralia

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This chapter discusses the preaching of pastoralia and the Church's implementation of publishing pastoral instruction. The first English bishop to devise a comprehensive pastoral syllabus–and a widely influential one–was Grosseteste, whose Lincoln statute of c.1239 required each parish priest not only to know and expound the sins, but also ‘frequently to preach and expound’ the Decalogue. In the late fourteenth and the fifteenth century, the supply of pastoral treatises in English flourished alongside the apparent concern to popularize and satisfy the demand for secondary religious education over and above such rudimentary catechesis.

Keywords: preaching; pastoralia; pastoral instruction; pastoral syllabus; Grosseteste; Lincoln statute; Decalogue; pastoral treatises

Chapter.  14859 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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