By Siegfried Wenzel
Just about all sermons have been written in Latin till the Reformation. This scholarly research describes and analyzes such collections of Latin sermons from the golden age of medieval preaching in England--the fourteenth and 15th centuries. Basing his reports at the extant manuscripts, Siegfried Wenzel analyzes their sermons and events. He covers the various broader past due medieval debates on preaching, in addition to the attitudes of orthodox preachers to Lollardy.
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D. 1 (Q, 1430–1436) Dygon (DY, d. c. 1449) Oxford, Magdalen 96 (CO) I have included here MS Bodley 649, which, properly speaking, forms a mixed collection, and add to its discussion MS Laud misc. 706, which, though by itself of the miscellaneous type, shares four sermons from Bodley 649’s unified part. In contrast to Bodley 649, two other collections that are similarly mixed (B and V) will be found in the next group, the miscellaneous collections. I have further included here Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Auct.
Except for the final section (ff. 194–225v), the volume is written by several fourteenth-century hands. It begins 1 2 For a succinct and up-to-date survey of Sheppey’s life and the sermon manuscripts see Stacpoole, “Jean Sheppey;” see also Greatrex, Register, pp. 634–635. G. Mifsud has studied Sheppey’s life and sermon work in his unpublished B. Litt. ” The contents are listed in Coxe 1:96–97. See also Powicke, Medieval Books of Merton College, p. 171 (“Rede’s Library”). Powicke’s statement that “Sheppey’s own sermons, or fables, occupy ff.
I have discussed this art in Wenzel, Preachers, pp. 66–100. The same seems to have been true of thirteenth-century preaching; see Rouse and Rouse, Preachers, pp. 76–77. It is also true of English sermons in our period; see Spencer, English, pp. 265–268. 14 Prolegomena made. First of all, collatio is in fact very often employed by monks and friars or in monastic sermons. Rypon especially used it with great regularity, as did Brinton and others. Many of these sermons were directed to a clerical audience, whether at visitations, synods, the university, or unspecified occasions.
Latin Sermon Collections from Later Medieval England: Orthodox Preaching in the Age of Wyclif (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature) by Siegfried Wenzel