Occasions and Audience

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:
Occasions and Audience

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The preacher tackles a small group of people gathered in a church in honor of the Mother of God, Saint Mary of Amiens. He emphasizes the power of bishop from the very beginning of the oration, and hence the authority of the episcopal demand that the arrival of the relics and the message of Notre-Dame of Amiens, as well as the celebrations associated with them, be treated with the same respect as that paid to Christmas, Easter, or Sunday. The sermon was evidently delivered by a preacher with a special mission outside the cyclical demands of the liturgy. One can infer from its opening passages that certain local priests did not welcome the arrival of questers carrying the cathedral reliquaries. Their response was considered a challenge to the authority of the bishop and the principal church of the diocese, the cathedral of Notre-Dame of Amiens.

Keywords: Amiens; episcopal; questers; sermon; Notre-Dame

Chapter.  1259 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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