English Wycliffite Sermons: Volume II
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 480
Width: 14.5 cm
Height: 22.4 cm
This second volume of English Wycliffite sermons is an edition of the sermons for the Proper and Common of Saints together with two Wycliffite tracts. It is intended to be used with close reference to Volume 1, comprising the sermons on Sunday Epistles and Gospels, which appeared in 1983. The sermons form part of a complete sermon cycle preserved in part or as a whole in the thirty-one manuscripts described in Volume I. The tracts are also preserved, mainly - but not exclusively - in these same thirty-one manuscripts. The two-part introduction to this volume contains an account of five additional manuscripts, and also a discussion of the textual history of the sermons in the Sanctorale and of the tracts. The latter complements the material on the Sunday Epistles and Gospels already published, and when the edition is complete, it will set the history of the Sanctorale in the context of the whole cycle. The sermons are of great interest not only in their handling of Lollard ideas but also in their utilization of theological and scientific ideas; they indicate the level of sophistication expected of their readers.
'The volume is a pleasure to read, meticulously edited from altogether thirty-six manuscripts, discussed in a long introduction.' Gordon Leff, Journal of Theological Studies 'Dr Pamela Gradon has altogether maintained the high standard of her predecessor when faced with an almost equally daunting editorial task ... Dr Gradon has produced what must be a definitive edition of the Wycliffite sermons design for common and proper of saints.' R.B. Dobson, Christ's College, Cambridge, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'fully maintains the high standards of Dr Hudson's first volume' John Frankis, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Review of English Studies 'this volume fully continues the high standards of its predecessor' Siegfried Wenzel, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Notes and Queries 'These critical texts, with variations, will be of enormous value for the scholars of English literature and history for whom they are designed.' The Heythrop Journal