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English Preaching in the Late Middle Ages$
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H. Leith Spencer

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112037.001.0001

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The Evidence of the Manuscripts

The Evidence of the Manuscripts

(p.269) 7 The Evidence of the Manuscripts
English Preaching in the Late Middle Ages

H. Leith Spencer

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the compilation and dissemination of medieval sermon manuscripts. It also describes the widespread vernacular borrowing from pre-existing sermons and treatises, and the compilers' hunt for suitable material which led them to the vast reservoir of Latin texts. The organization and layout of Latin academic texts seem to have provided a model for the more ambitious and academic vernacular productions. The Wycliffite Sermons, Filius matris, Festial, Wycliffite derivatives, and Lollard sermons all suggest academic origins.

Keywords:   sermon, sermon manuscripts, treatises, Latin texts, Wycliffite Sermons, Filius, Festial, Wycliffite derivatives, Lollard sermons

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