The King Embodies the Word: Robert d'Anjou and the Politics of Preaching

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Robert d’Anjou was King of Naples from 1309-1343 and preached throughout his reign. As a lay preacher, albeit a particularly privileged one, Robert adopted the oratorical form generally reserved to clerics in order to announce his piety and erudition, but most importantly, he preached in order to express and extend his royal office.
This book studies the sermons that Robert preached at universities, diplomatic ceremonies, and royal visitations ...

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Overview

Robert d’Anjou was King of Naples from 1309-1343 and preached throughout his reign. As a lay preacher, albeit a particularly privileged one, Robert adopted the oratorical form generally reserved to clerics in order to announce his piety and erudition, but most importantly, he preached in order to express and extend his royal office.
This book studies the sermons that Robert preached at universities, diplomatic ceremonies, and royal visitations at religious houses, including his sojourn at the papal court.
This work explores an important case study in the history of medieval lay preaching. It shows the flexibility of preaching as a form of political and personal oratory and marks an important step in the author's interest to map out the range of licit lay preching in Medieval Europe.

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Darleen N. Pryds, Ph.D. (1994) in Medieval History, University of Wisconsin at Madison, is Assistant Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has published extensively on the subject of Medieval lay preaching.
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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations

Introduction: A King Embodies the Word

1. The Divine Edge to Earthly Politics: The World that Robert Inherited
2. Robert the Wise and Angevin Piety: The Cultivation of a Royal Reputation
3. Preaching Kingship: Ritual Speech and the Angevin Royal Office
4. Studium and Royal Office: The King and the University of Naples
5. The Political Intent of Theological Discourse: The King of Naples as Papal Adviser
6. King, Pastor, Father: The Royal Protector of Religious Life

Conclusion

Appendix A. The Extant Sermons of Robert of Anjou
Appendix B. An Inception Sermon

Select Bibliography
Indices
Index of Names
Index of Places
Index of Subjects

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