By Bert Roest

This publication offers, for the 1st time, an exhaustive dialogue of the Franciscan creation of texts of non secular guide through the later medieval interval (c. 1210-c. 1550). In 8 chapters, it introduces the reader to an important Franciscan sermon cycles, the Franciscan guidance for dwelling the lifetime of evangelical perfection, the numerous Franciscan amateur education manuals, the Franciscan catechisms and confession manuals, the Franciscan output of liturgical handbooks, the massive variety of Franciscan texts containing extra wide-ranging kinds of non secular edification, and Franciscan prayer publications. This ebook offers medievalists and Renaissance students alike with a brand new software to evaluate the highbrow and spiritual modifications among the 13th and the 16th century, and contributes to the present re-interpretation of the overdue medieval pastoral revolution.

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6 chapter one heretics and their errors publicly (without sketching in too much detail the fundamental tenets of heretical thought, in order to prevent temptation), that Franciscan preachers should steer free from vane and dangerous arguments, and should not spoil their homiletic teachings with extravagant visions and subtle questions. 13 A. Franciscan sermon collections from the thirteenth century The spoken word leaves no trace. For an insight into the Franciscan message of religious instruction preached from the pulpit and on the marketplace, we need the testimony of surviving written traces.

In her survey of late thirteenth-century university sermons from Oxford, Beryl Smalley remarked that the academic audience present at such homiletic occasions not necessarily was in need of basic instruction on the creed and the sacraments (which would seem more suitable for a lay audience). 26 Nevertheless, it would appear that the Franciscan sermons held at Paris during the academic year of 1230/1231 did not spurn counsel on elementary moral and religious issues, even when they passed over the most basic teachings on the sacraments and the creed.

Francisci, in: AF III (1905), 686. Jean’s Sermones de Tempore et de Sanctis (at least 221 sermons) have survived in many manuscripts. See for instance MSS Troyes, Bibliothèque Municipale 816, 1215, 1760, 1965; Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale Lat 3559, 3579, 1219, 13583, 15568, 15661, 15939, 15940, 16477, & 18188; Rome, Biblioteca Angelica 823; Oxford, Merton College 237; Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal 547; Munich, Staatsbibliothek Clm. 7776; Lüneburg, Ratsbücherei Theol. 2° 80 ff. : Sermo in Die Cinerum); Hamburg, S.

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