English Wycliffite Sermons: Volume IV
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 348
Width: 14.3 cm
Height: 22.4 cm
This volume, along with Volume V, completes the edition of the long English Wycliffite sermon cycle and two related tracts; the first three volumes, published in 1983, 1987 and 1990, contained the texts of the 294 sermons, together with variants and some introductory material. This volume contains a review of the evidence concerning the date, authorship and audience of the sermons, followed by a survey of the main polemical issues repeatedly under discussion in the sermons and by a commentary on the text, which is continued in Volume V. The material here, along with the introductions to the three text volumes, will enable scholars to assess the background and importance of this extensive body of vernacular preaching. In particular, the discussion traces the large debt of the sermons to a wide range of Wyclif's own Latin works, and shows their relationship to other works of the Wycliffite movement.
."..the edition is a great contribution to medieval studies. Volumes 4 and 5 are, like the earlier volumes, remarkable for their ability to deal intelligently and engagingly with a massive body of complex material."--Speculum--A Journal of Medieval Studies"These two volumes, like their three predecessors, are invaluable to students of Wycliffite theology and of religious history in general. The attention to detail is impressive, as is the editors' knowledge of Wycliffe's works....a powerful research tool which will certainly make further research for future scholars easier."--The Sixteenth Century Journal"It remains a splendid achievement, replacing all previous work...'Definitive' is a much over-worked adjective for scholarly efforts, but it would be surprising to this reviewer if there should ever be a need for another edition of these texts...One should be grateful to Oxford University Press for making it available."--English Language Notes