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A Critical Edition of John Mirk's Festial, edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius A.II

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A Critical Edition of John Mirk's Festial, edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius A.II

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The Festial, most probably composed in the late 1380s by the Augustinian canon, John Mirk, of Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire, was the most popular and influential collection of sermons in English in the late medieval and early Tudor period, surviving in many copies, and printed by Caxton and his successors. The collection was designed to be accessible and entertaining, as well as orthodox, to counter the success of Lollard preaching, and taught both the priests who used the sermons, as well as their audiences, the fundamentals of the Christian faith and doctrine, illustrated by many stories. The Festial is is the only English sermon collection to be printed in England before the Reformation and is probably the most frequently printed work of its time, before religious change made it unacceptable. This new edition, in two volumes with full editorial apparatus, supersedes the incomplete EETS edition by Theodor Erbe (E.S. 96 (1905)). Volume 1 contains the Introduction and the first half of the text; Volume 2 (to be published in 2010) will contain the remainder of the text, Explanatory Notes, and Glossary.

Author Biography

Professor Susan Powell holds the Chair in Medieval Texts and Culture and the University of Salford
Release date Australia
March 18th, 2010
Contributor
Edited by Susan Powell
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
6 b/w photographs
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
336
Dimensions
146x223x30
ISBN-13
9780199578498
Product ID
3948118

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