IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1314: Following the Rules or Not in Preaching, IV: The Audiences

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:International Medieval Sermon Studies Society
Organiser:Ippolita Checcoli, Dipartimento di Paleografia e Medievistica, Università di Bologna
Moderator/Chair:René Hernández Vera, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Respondent:Thom Mertens, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Paper 1314-aThe Preacher Facing a Reluctant Audience According to the Testimony of Exempla, I
(Language: English)
Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Literacy and Orality, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1314-bShaping Religious Feelings Through Preaching: Franciscan Preachers and Their Audience - Italy, 15th Century
(Language: English)
Mara Ioriatti, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane & Sociali, Università degli Studi di Trento
Index terms: Lay Piety, Mentalities, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching

The fourth session aims to analyse the relationship between preachers and audiences, or otherwise put, the different ways in which the audience played an active role in the event of preaching. What were the rules that shaped a good audience? How did the audience influence the preacher? How did people accept or refuse the message (and the rules) proposed by preachers? The session will focus on the possibility of detecting the reactions of the audience as they were recorded in sermons, chronicles or exempla, which testify to the effects of preaching (not always positive) on the audience.