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John Fisher and Cecilia A. Hatt

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198270119.001.0001

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English Works of John Fisher: General Introduction

English Works of John Fisher: General Introduction

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(p.16) 2 English Works of John Fisher: General Introduction
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English Works of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester
Author(s):
Cecilia A. Hatt
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198270119.003.0003

This introduction to Fisher's writings deals with four main topics. It first gives an account of the aims and techniques of the medieval preaching tradition, in particular the “university sermon”, followed by a structural analysis of a sermon that illustrates some developments of preaching in the early sixteenth century. Features of John Fisher's prose style are examined, including sentence structure, and characteristic imagery. The chapter ends with assessments of Fisher's writing by modern critics, including C.S.Lewis.

Keywords:   early sixteenth century, imagery, medieval preaching tradition, modern critics, prose style, university sermon

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