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Medieval Marriage SermonsMass Communication in a Culture without Print$
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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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Gérard de Mailly OP

Gérard de Mailly OP

Chapter:
(p.227) VI Gérard de Mailly OP
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Medieval Marriage Sermons
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D.L. D’AVRAY

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208143.003.0006

This chapter analyses the sermon delivered by Gérard de Mailly. The underlying structure of the sermon can be expressed schematically as follows: heretics disapprove of marriage, but the Lord instituted it and strongly endorsed its goodness. There are four kinds of marriage: carnal, sacramental, spiritual, and eternal. This manuscript is a good illustration of the argument that mass production of sermons was possible thanks not only to professional scribes, but also to clerics writing to a professional standard but not for money. There are some small deviations from the standardized text which suggest that the scribe was engaging with the content rather than copying mechanically.

Keywords:   sermon, marriage, Gerard de Mailly, carnal marriage, sacramental marriage, spiritual marriage, eternal marriage

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