The Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker, Volume V: Tractates and Sermons

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Overview

Although Richard Hooker (1554-1600) is now known principally as the author of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity in his lifetime the Tractates and Sermons brought him greater notoriety. Hooker's views on justification, the perseverance of faith, and the relationship of the Church of Rome to the reformed Church of England were widely reported, and texts of the tracts were extensively circulated in manuscript.

Thanks to the meticulous editing of Laetitia Yeandle, Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the contemporary impact of these debates can now be appreciated for the first time. These tracts provide a unique perspective on the turbulent world of late Elizabethan theology. In addition, they lay the doctrinal foundations of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity itself and--with the excellent commentary of Egil Grislis, Professor of Theology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg enable us to trace the intellectual formation of sixteenth-century England's most innovative and provocative theologian.

The volume includes a newly discovered letter; three newly attributed sermon fragments; and analysis by P. F. Forte of Hooker's distinctive preaching style.

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A meticulous critical edition of the ten extant sermons of the English theologian and Anglican clergyman, 1553 or 4-1600. In addition to the seven more-or-less well known sermons, three incomplete sermons, formerly attributed to Archbishop Ussher, are here published under Hooker's name for the first time. Also published in this volume for the first time is a recently identified discourse couched as a letter to John Rainolds, Hooker's former tutor and later his colleague at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The texts have been prepared by Laetitia Yeandle; the commentary is by Egil Grislis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

W. Speed Hill was Associate Professor of English, Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York.

Laetitia Yeandle is Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Egil Grislis is Professor of Theology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

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Table of Contents

Textual Introduction: The Tractates and Sermons

Sigla and Abbreviations

Two Sermons Upon S. Judes Epistle

A Learned Sermon of the Certaintie and Perpetuitie of Faith in the Elect

A Learned Discourse of Justification

Travers's A Supplication made to the Privy Counsel

Hooker's Answer to the Supplication

Supplement I

The Hooker-Travers Controversy

The Controversy and its Dissemination, William P. Haugaard

A Learned Sermon of the Nature of Pride

A Remedie Against Sorrow and Feare

A Sermon Found in the Study of Bishop Andrews

Three Sermon Fragments

Supplement II

A Latin Letter, translated by Craig Thompson

Textual Notes and Commentary

Textual Appendices

Commentary

Introduction to Commentary

Hooker as Preacher, P. E. Forte

Commentary

Index to Scriptural References

Bibliography

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