Writing, Heresy, and the Anticlerical Muse

Mishtooni Bose

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Writing, Heresy, and the Anticlerical Muse

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This article focuses on Omnis plantacio, an English sermon that shows how a series of complex relationships were evolving between writing, heresy, and anticlericalism in late medieval England. It discusses the intraclerical critiques contained in the sermon and its relentless castigation of failing clerical ranks. It compares and contrasts the works of several authors including Piers Plowman and some Wycliffite texts, and Thomas Netter and John Audelay.

Keywords: Omnis plantacio; English sermon; writing; heresy; anticlericalism; late medieval England; Piers Plowman; Wycliffite texts; Thomas Netter; John Audelay

Article.  9834 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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