Soldiers of Christ: Preaching in Late Medieval and Reformation France

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 352 pages

In an age when the printed book was still in its infancy, the pulpit was the mass medium. A vital part of religious life, sermons were the chief occasions on which the church attempted to bridge the gap between high theology and popular religious culture. The preaching event provided the opportunity for men and women to socialize, flirt, dispute with or mock the preacher and, in a more positive way, to heed the preacher's words and change their lives. Larissa Taylor has examined over 1600 sermons given by the leading lay preachers in France between 1460 and 1560, and examines the social context of preaching and the sermon while reconstructing popular attitudes towards original sin, free will, purgatory, the Devil, the sacraments, and the magical arts.

Previously published by Oxford University Press, 1992. Winner of the 1996 John Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy of America.

 

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Contents

Grieving Begins with Acknowledging Loss
10
Be Sad
34
Be Angry
49
Taming Fear
63
The Journey Continues
76
A Practitioners Guide for Working with the Grief
89
Grieving Mental Illness Responses to Frequently
103
BIBLIOGRAPHY
117
The Life of the Christian Believer 720
120
The Orders of Society 747
141
The Preachers and Women 756
156
Challenge and Response
179
Heretical Preaching after the Reformation 759
189
The Catholic Response to Early Protestant Heresy 270
210
Conclusion
226
biographical sketches
235

LIST OF TABLES Xlll
135
The Sermon as Event 75
15
The Life of a Preacher 37
37
The Study of Sermons 52
52
The Quest for Salvation 83
83
The Religious Cosmos 102
102
notes
243
bibliography
327
index
345
INDEX 121
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Larissa Juliet Taylor is an associate professor of history at Colby College.

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