Normal Housley

in Crusading and the Ottoman Threat, 1453-1505

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199227051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746031 | DOI:

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This chapter considers three modes of communication which together demonstrate the mixture of old and new that characterize the subject. First, and most importantly, the contribution that the Franciscan Observants made towards crusade preaching is analyzed. Centre stage is held by Capistrano's preaching in 1454–6, but his approach and success are compared with those of other prominent preachers of the period. Secondly, orations by humanists are examined, in terms of their purpose, rhetorical structure, strengths and limitations. Thirdly, the part played by printing in the promotion of the crusade is assessed, the focus here being on its diversity of forms and functions.

Keywords: preaching; Franciscan Observants; Capistrano; orations; humanism; printing

Chapter.  21922 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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