English Preaching in the Late Middle Ages: English Preaching In The Middl

Hardcover | February 1, 1991

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This book is a major interdisciplinary study of English sermons written in the late fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries - a body of texts currently attracting much attention both for their own interest, and for their value in helping us to understand an important historical period marked byrapid social and religious change. Relating the texts to their historical and cultural context, the author focuses on material recorded in English, showing how the use of the vernacular to explore ideas hitherto expressed in Latin anticipated the better-known developments of the sixteenth century. Conservatives distrusted thesermonizers as popularizers of theology, and Dr Spencer pays close attention to the ways in which these writers' freedom of expression was curbed by the Church's increasingly repressive attitude to reform. Drawing on the most up-to-date research, this detailed and original book uncovers - through an analysis of its sermons - the pluralism of the medieval English church which anti-heretical legislation and Reformed propaganda sought to deny.

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This book is a major interdisciplinary study of English sermons written in the late fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries - a body of texts currently attracting much attention both for their own interest, and for their value in helping us to understand an important historical period marked byrapid social and religious change. Relatin...

H. Leith Spencer is at Exeter College, Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:558 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:February 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198112033

ISBN - 13:9780198112037

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`important work ... an absorbing and subtle exercise in textual detective work, demonstrating the complex relationships among a number of collections that might seem superficially to have little in common. This is a splendid book. The felicity of its stylish, often witty prose is matched bythe range and depth of its scholarship. The value of Spencer's work to students of the later Middle Ages in England cannot be overemphasized. Her meticulous and wide-ranging researches ensure that this will be a standard work for a long time.'A.S.G. Edwards, University of Victoria, Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies, July 1996