English Wycliffite Sermons: Volume III
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 478
Width: 14.6 cm
Height: 22.3 cm
This third volume completes the text of the cycle of 294 English Wycliffite sermons; the first two volumes appeared in 1983 and 1987 respectively. The 120 sermons here were intended to provide material for all the weekday occasions for which the Sarum rite offers a separate gospel reading; such complete coverage of ferial days is unparalleled in English medieval homiliaries, and seems unknown elsewhere in contemporary European cycles of sermons. The introduction to the present book, which is intended to be used along with the material in the previous volumes, describes the state of the text in these manuscripts and their relation to each other. Two further chapters consider questions relating to the whole cycle: the fidelity of the biblical translation in the sermons to the Vulgate texts; and the complicated issue of the relation between these English sermons and the Latin sermons of John Wyclif himself (this chapter is by Pamela Gradon). A fourth volume will provide a commentary on the individual sermons, consider the recurrent issues discussed within them, and offer suggestions concerning the origins of the collection.
'This is a monumental project both in scale and in the extent to which it is an enduring tribute to the skills that years of Oxford scholarship have brought to the retrieval of medieval texts. ... Clearly, what we have here is scholarly collaboration at its most generous and fruitful.' Gloria Cigman, Literature and Theology. 'one of the outstanding scholarly editions of the late twentieth century Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'monumental edition of the cycle of 294 sermons ... It would be hard to overstate the quality of the scholarship and sheer intellectual mastery that have gone into these volumes' Journal of Theological Studies 'This penultimate volume containing sermons of the ferial (weekday) gospels concludes the important task of presenting the text of the vernacular Wycliffite sermons in a new critical edition. ... it is already clear that the edition is a significant milestone and that it brings meticulous scholarship to bear on daunting materials. Scrupulous, cautious scholarship is apparent in the apparatus of Volume III.' Alcuin Blamires, Modern Language Review 'As in volumes 1 and 3, Hudson has supplied the reader with copious lemmata to each sermon. I have checked her transcription and lemmata against a number of the manuscripts and have found not a single error in trascription, nor that she has missed an item worthy of being recorded in the lemmata ... her edition of the Wycliffite sermons is one of the monuments of twentieth-century editing ... We are in Hudson's debt. The three volumes of the Wycliffite sermons have set a new standard in the editing of medieval prose religious texts, not one likely to be superseded.' Thomas J. Heffernan, University of Tennessee, A Journal of Medieval Studies, Oct 1993