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David D'Avray

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208143.001.0001

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Pierre de Saint-Benoît OM

Pierre de Saint-Benoît OM

Chapter:
(p.190) V Pierre de Saint-Benoît OM
Source:
Medieval Marriage Sermons
Author(s):

D.L. D’AVRAY

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208143.003.0005

This chapter analyses the sermon delivered by Pierre de Saint-Benoit. A recurring distinction between carnal, spiritual, sacramental, and eternal marriages holds this sermon together. It should be noted that in some manuscripts the last two marriages are partially merged, so that the fourfold distinction becomes a threefold one, the third part consisting of two stages. Beneath the level of imagery, the sermon is about four kinds of bond. The animal side of man is bound to carnal concupiscence; the religious (exemplified by monks, friars, nuns, etc.) is bound to God; the Church militant is bound to Christ in the eucharist; the Church triumphant is bound to Christ in glory. The marriage image holds the structure together.

Keywords:   sermon, marriage, Pierre de Saint-Benoit, bond, carnal concupiscence, imagery

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