Syon's cure of souls

Alexandra da Costa

in Reforming Printing

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653560
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742026 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Syon's cure of souls

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This chapter investigates one of the primary motivations for Syon's printing: its commitment to pastoral care. Although the spiritual education of the laity had been a concern since the Fourth Lateran Council, the chapter argues that this mission received additional impetus in the early sixteenth century as the Church sought to bolster lay faith in the face of Lutheran challenge. This renewed emphasis encouraged Syon to be bolder in its use of the vernacular and to give the laity a more secure grounding in conservative tenets so that they might resist evangelical ideas. The chapter looks at The Pilgrimage of Perfection and A Work for Householders, and demonstrates how key characteristics of these texts are indebted to traditions of pastoral instruction.

Keywords: cura pastoralis; pastoralia; pastoral care; laity; preaching; confession

Chapter.  13529 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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