Stephen Murray

in A Gothic Sermon

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238473
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930070 | DOI:

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Albert Lecoy de la Marche and Michel Zink are the two famous scholars of French medieval literature who have studied the text of the sermon. They came away with very different conclusions, agreeing only on the obvious: that this is not a learned discourse intended for an educated audience. The preacher does not take as his theme a single scriptural text and proceed to open its multiple levels of meaning: historical, allegorical, tropological, and anagogical. There are no apparently marked subdivisions and no linkage with any liturgical feast. A part of the preacher's agenda was certainly to raise funds for the Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame of Amiens sometime around the main construction campaign—after the body of the edifice was complete, but as work continued on the upper west façade and the choir screen and was about to begin on the nave chapels.

Keywords: de la Marche; Michel Zink; medieval literature; west façade; preacher

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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