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De Ore Domini
Preacher and Word in the Middle Ages

Edited by Thomas L Amos, Eugene A Green and Beverly Mayne Kienzle

De Ore Domini
Hardback, 283 pages £31.50
Published: 1990
ISBN: 9780918720283
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Subjects: Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies
Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, Studies in Medieval Culture

De Ore Domini: Preacher and Word in the Middle Ages is a volume of thirteen essays, constituting a series of chapters in the history of preaching. The essays present a diversity of historical periods, audiences, and methodologies. Ranging in time from the 700s to 1511, they cover a space that stretches from Johannes Herolt's Germany to Ramon Llull's Mallorca, from Bede's England to the Italy of Bernadino of Siena and Egidio da Viterbo. As the title suggests, the mouth of the Lord spoke with many voices, and the contributors to this volume provide important examinations of individual preachers, genres, and sources of sermons. Commentary and analyses are made of materials from the symbolic and allegorical to the practical and dogmatic, and even the educational. Further, the essays discuss how sermons were used at different periods and how they addressed different audiences. The studies illustrate new methods and concerns in the field of sermon studies, and, collectively, they point to a central problem in the historiography of sermons and preaching. The collection offers insights into modern approaches to studying medieval sermons and will be of interest to scholars of medieval religion, preaching, and culture.

Introduction: Medieval Preaching by John W. O'Malley, S.J. Enoch, Lent, and the Ascension of Christ by Eugene A. Green The Two Worlds in Bede's Homilies: The Biblical Event and the Listener's Experience by Lawrence T. Martin Preaching and the Sermon in the Carolingian World by Thomas L. Amos Aelfric the Catechist by Eugene A. Green Archbishop Stephen Langton and His Preaching on Thomas Becket in 1220 by Phyllis B. Roberts Maternal Imagery in the Sermons of Helinand of Froidmont by Beverly Mayne Kienzle Humbert of Roman's Material for Preachers by Simon Tugwell, OP The Rhethorica nova of Ramon Llull: An Ars praedicandi as Devotional Literature by Mark D. Johnston Preaching the Passion: Late Medieval Lives of Christ as Sermon Vehicles by Lawrence F. Hundersmarck New Sermon Evidence for the Spread of Wycliffism by Simon Forde From Treatise to Sermon: Johannes Herolt on the novem peccata aliena by Richard Newhauser Pyres of Vanities: Mendicant Preaching on the Vanity of Women and Its Lay Audience by Thomas M. Izbicki Egidio de Viterbo's Defense of Pope Julius II, 1509 and 1511 by Ingrid Rowland

Thomas L. Amos was the Head of Special Collections for Western Michigan University and a specialist in medieval studies. Eugene A. Green is a professor of English at Boston University whose work has focused on linguistics and semiotics in literature, particularly in Anglo-Saxon England. Beverly Mayne Kienzle is the John H. Morison Professor of the Practice in Latin and Romance Languages and lecturer on medieval Christianity (retired) at Harvard Divinity School.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 283 pages

BIC Code:
  HIS037010, REL015000, REL080000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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