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The Sermons' Later History: A Postscript

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/9780198112037.003.0008
The Sermons' Later History: A Postscript

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This chapter discusses pre-Reformation sermon preaching and post-medieval views on preaching. Reformers, like medieval preachers themselves, made a distinction between simple audiences who liked stories and sophisticated listeners who liked to have their intelligence flattered. Accordingly, they credited pre-Reformation preaching as a mish-mash of quiddities and menacing tall stories specially concocted to keep the people in their place. Bishop Hooper describes pre-Reformation preaching as ‘A superstitious decree of bishops' laws, a copy of vain glory and crafty connection of words, to satisfy the most part of the audience, and to flatter the richest; wrestling and writhing the simple verity of God's words’.

Keywords: pre-Reformation; sermon; preaching; reformers; Bishop Hooper; bishops' laws

Chapter.  5922 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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