‘Ecce Rex’: Conscience and Homiletic Discourse in B 19<sup>1</sup>


in Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653768
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741678 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

‘Ecce Rex’: Conscience and Homiletic Discourse in B 191

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In B 19, Langland turns to homiletic discourse as he again recasts the themes of Conscience's earlier debate with Meed into newly spiritualised forms in Conscience's long speech on Christ as knight, king, and conqueror. This chapter argues that homiletic discourse, especially sermons for Advent, offers a number of parallels for the themes and formal features of Conscience's speech in B.19.1-212, as well as for the closely-related discussion of kingship in the B-text Prologue. Within this new homiletic mode, Conscience the king's knight of the first vision is transformed into herald of the kingly Christ.

Keywords: sermons; homiletic dicourse; artes praedicandi; Advent; Holy Week; Christ; kingship; royal entries

Chapter.  7720 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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