John Fisher's Court Sermons
Preaching for Lady Margaret, 1507-1509
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 426
Width: 16.5 cm
Height: 24.1 cm
This is a critical edition of John Fisher's Treatise on the Penitential Psalms, sermons delivered in 1507-1508 to the household of Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of King Henry VII, who caused them to be published as the first English sermon collection ever printed. Also included is Bishop Fisher's funeral sermon for King Henry and his "month's mind" sermon for Lady Margaret herself, who died shortly after her son. Lady Margaret Beaufort was Fisher's patron and a notable benefactor to the University of Cambridge, where with his guidance she renewed Queens and Christ's Colleges, and founded a third, St John's, which her chaplain Fisher brought to completion after her death. The book features the subtitle "Preaching for Lady Margaret" because she was responsible for bringing the Treatise to general public attention and all these sermons owe their delivery to this remarkable woman, together with the gratitude of John Fisher's modern readers, because Fisher himself rarely sought publication for his English works. They are packed with scholarly reference to patristic and medieval theology, but also to contemporary chronicles, bestiaries and works of natural history and classical authors. This distinguished Treatise and its companion sermons gives the reader a glimpse into Fisher's mind, steeped in and devoted to the learning of his time yet always eager for the new scholarship of the humanists and their discoveries.
[T]his volume is an impressive achievement of technical scholarship, as well as a rich resource for our knowledge of late medieval spirituality and of the mind of one of the greatest theologians of the English Church just before the Reformation. * N. Scott Amos, History: Reviews of New Books * For anyone interested in theology, the interpretative history of Psalm translation and commentary, and specifically in the Penitential Psalms, this is the book for them. Cecilia Hatt is clearly steeped in the theology of the period and in her introduction to John Fisher's sermons on the Penitential Psalms she ranges widely from one Church Father to another ... Cecilia Hatt has gone out of her way to ease readers into a sensitive exploration of Fisher's theology; she has done this with expert care and consummate understanding. For this she should be congratulated. * Veronica O'Mara, Medieval Sermon Studies *