Vernacular Theology

Dominican Sermons and Audience in Late Medieval Italy

by Eliana Corbari;

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Vernacular Theology

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This book examines the audiences and languages of Dominican sermons in late medieval Italy. It is a thorough analysis of how Latinate theological culture interacted with popular religious devotion. In particular it assesses the role of vernacular theology. Eliana Corbari defines vernacular theology as a form of theology that is based neither on a Latin scholastic model nor a monastic one. It is a "third dimension" of theology which was accessible to the laity, and in particular women, through their attendance at sermons and the reading of vernacular devotional works (in this case, medieval Italian treatises and sermons). Through painstaking manuscript work, Corbari makes an excellent contribution to sermon studies, gender studies, medieval theology, and codicology. She demonstrates that Dominican friars preached to an active contingent of laywomen, usually members of confraternities, who not only attended these sermons but re-read them and also disseminated them through book production to the wider Florentine community.

Vernacular Theology by Eliana Corbari was published by De Gruyter in February 2013. The ISBN for Vernacular Theology is 9783111745572.

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Details for Vernacular Theology

Author / Artist
Book FormatMixed media product
Items in PackContains
PublisherDe Gruyter (February 2013)
Additional InformationContains Book and Electronic book text
Number of Pages248
Height230 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code4533508
Page last updated 6th June 2018
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