The Evidence of the Manuscripts

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 Evidence of the Manuscripts

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This chapter discusses the compilation and dissemination of medieval sermon manuscripts. It also describes the widespread vernacular borrowing from pre-existing sermons and treatises, and the compilers' hunt for suitable material which led them to the vast reservoir of Latin texts. The organization and layout of Latin academic texts seem to have provided a model for the more ambitious and academic vernacular productions. The Wycliffite Sermons, Filius matris, Festial, Wycliffite derivatives, and Lollard sermons all suggest academic origins.

Keywords: sermon; sermon manuscripts; treatises; Latin texts; Wycliffite Sermons; Filius; Festial; Wycliffite derivatives; Lollard sermons

Chapter.  23996 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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