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Friars Tales: Sermon Exempla from the British Isles
     

Friars Tales: Sermon Exempla from the British Isles

by David Jones
 

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Exempla are illustrative stories used by preachers to seize the attention of their congregations and to drive home a moral lesson. This book presents annotated translations from two collections of exempla, one Franciscan and one Dominican, put together in England / Ireland c.1275. The two collections used are important because they are amongst the earliest

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Exempla are illustrative stories used by preachers to seize the attention of their congregations and to drive home a moral lesson. This book presents annotated translations from two collections of exempla, one Franciscan and one Dominican, put together in England / Ireland c.1275. The two collections used are important because they are amongst the earliest to survive from the British Isles.  The 270 exempla translated here cover a wide range of topics, both ecclesiastical and secular and offer vivid insights into medieval life and attitudes in the broadest sense.  Moreover, because exempla had to be plausible in order to convince, they are an important source for the beliefs and attitudes of the laity at a period when this is often undocumented. The importance of exempla as historical evidence has long been appreciated, especially on the Continent. However, despite the plethora of surviving material, little of it has been available in annotated English translation. It is hoped that this volume will go some way to filling that gap. An introduction discusses place of preaching in the medieval church, the development of preaching aids and the exemplum genre, the main topics covered by the exempla, the dating of the two collections translated and the use which the compilers made of their material and how far exempla can be relied upon as historical evidence.

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"David Jones, with an affordable, accessible, small volume, offers today's audience a chance to read what their ancestors may have heard eight centuries ago...Finally, an up-to-date bibliography allows scholars to learn still more about the wide range of themes and applications employed by those who incorporated sermons and stories into their own efforts to save souls."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719084256
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
05/15/2011
Series:
Manchester Medieval Sources Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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David Jones is a private scholar who lives in Edinburgh.

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