Friars' Tales : Sermon Exempla from the British Isles


Friars' Tales : Sermon Exempla from the British Isles

Description

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 the British Isles around 1275.

The two collections used are amongst the earliest to survive from the British Isles. The 270 exempla translated cover a wide range of topics, both ecclesiastical and secular, and offer vivid insights into medieval life and attitudes in the broadest sense.

An introduction discusses the 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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Details

Author(s)
David Jones
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
138 x 216 x 17.78mm | 294.84g
Publication date
15 May 2011
Publisher
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Manchester, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0719084253
ISBN13
9780719084256
Bestsellers rank
956,629