IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1027: Versified Theology in the Late Middle Ages

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Lollard Society
Organiser:Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Paper 1027-aThe Form of the Form of Living: Versification and Didacticism in Middle English
(Language: English)
Katherine Zieman, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1027-b'Keep Well Christ's Commandments': Manuscript Evidence for the Significance of Versification in the Vernacular Versions of the Decalogue, c. 1350-1500
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Salter, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1027-cBiblical Latin Versifications in the 15th-Century Miscellanies
(Language: English)
Lucie Doležalová, Faculty of Humanities
Index terms: Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The papers in this session are situated at the nexus of vernacular theology, didacticism and versified theology. We ask why theological, biblical or catechetical materials were versified in the late Middle Ages and generate answers from the study of manuscripts, considering what they may have to tell us about the production of literary materials and their relationships with particular forms of piety; about regional expressions of piety and literacy; and about the relationship between didactic aims and reading practices, as these were realised in England and elsewhere during our period.