Medieval Marriage Sermons
Mass Communication in a Culture without Print
Edited by D. L. D'Avray
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Medieval Marriage Sermons by D. L. D'Avray
Book DescriptionBefore the advent of printing, the preaching of the friars was the mass medium of the middle ages. This edition of marriage sermons reveals what a number of famous preachers actually taught about marriage. David D'Avray teases out the close connection between marriage symbolism and social, cultural, and legal realities in the thirteenth century. The relation between genre, content, and gender is analysed, with particular attention to the likely impact of preaching, viewed as a means of intellectual power in competition with vernacular genres and other social forces. Its mass diffusion anticipated printing, but the means of production were those of the monastic scriptorium. Professor D'Avray's textual criticism and palaeographical analsyis of these sermons undermines central assumptions of both medieval and early modern historians of the book. He establishes a technique of textual criticism appropriate for texts of this kind: a pragmatic compromise between simple transcriptions which ignore stemmatic relation and full-scale editions attempting to fit all manuscripts into a genealogical table, Medieval Marriage Sermons makes an important contribution both to the sermon literature of the period, and to our understanding of marriage and its religious and cultural significance in the middle ages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198208143
(225mm x 146mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author D. L. D'Avray
Medieval Religious Rationalities, Hardback (September 2010)
A groundbreaking study applying Weberian theories of rationality to medieval social, cultural and religious values and structures.
Rationalities in History, Paperback (September 2010)
The distinguished historian David d'Avray applies seminal Weberian ideas to the comparative history of religion and the philosophy of law.
Medieval Marriage, Paperback (December 2007)
Medieval Marriage shows how marriage symbolism emerged from the world of texts to become a social force affecting ordinary people. Building on d'Avray's Medieval Marriage Sermons, it broadens the scope of the argument and works from a wide range of manuscript sources of different genres.
Death and the Prince, Hardback (November 1994)» View all books by D. L. D'Avray
This is a fascinating study of attitudes to death and the afterlife in medieval Europe. Based on unpublished sermons in memory of kings and princes, it examines the relationship between kingship and death, in a period when a genuinely secular political consciousness existed alongside other-worldly priorities.
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