Official Tudor Homilies

Ashley Null

in The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199237531
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Official Tudor Homilies

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This article discusses official homilies during the Tudor dynasty. It first describes the direct state use of the pulpit, and pinpoints the origin of the homilies. It studies the Edwardian homilies, the Elizabethan homilies, the structure of the homilies, and the contribution of Thomas Cranmer. The article also looks at the greatest tribute to the effectiveness of Cranmer's Book of Homilies, namely Reginald Pole's opinion in the Legatine Synod.

Keywords: official Tudor homilies; pulpit; origin of the homilies; Edwardian homilies; Elizabethan homilies; structure of the homilies; Thomas Cranmer; Reginald Pole; Legatine Synod; Book of Homilies

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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