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English Preaching in the Late Middle Ages

H. Leith Spencer


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 by rapid social and religious change. Relating the texts to their historical and cultural context, this book 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. Conservat ... More

Keywords: English sermons, social change, religious change, vernacular, sermonizers, freedom of expression, reform, medieval English church, pluralism, propaganda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. Leith Spencer, author
Exeter College, Oxford