John Mirks Festial: Edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius A. II, Volume 2 by Susan Powell

John Mirks Festial: Edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius A. II, Volume 2

EditorSusan Powell

Hardcover | September 30, 2011

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The Festial, most probably composed in the late 1380s by the Augustinian canon, John Mirk, of Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire, was the most popular and influential collection of sermons in English in the late medieval and early Tudor period, surviving in many copies, and printed by Caxton and hissuccessors. The collection was designed to be accessible and entertaining, as well as orthodox, to counter the success of Lollard preaching, and taught both the priests who used the sermons, as well as their audiences, the fundamentals of the Christian faith and doctrine, illustrated by manystories. The Festial is the only English sermon collection to be printed in England before the Reformation and is probably the most frequently printed work of its time before religious change made it unacceptable.

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Professor Susan Powell holds the Chair in Medieval Texts and Culture in the University of Salford. Her research interests are in the fields of late medieval sermons, pastoral, and devotional literature.

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Title:John Mirks Festial: Edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius A. II, Volume 2Format:HardcoverDimensions:600 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:September 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199590370

ISBN - 13:9780199590377

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