IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1305: Preaching Mercy in Late Medieval Europe

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS)
Organiser:Marc B. Cels, Centre for Humanities, Athabasca University, Alberta
Moderator/Chair:Pietro Delcorno, Leeds Humanities Research Institute / School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Italian, University of Leeds
Paper 1305-aThe Unforgiving Servant in Late Medieval Model Sermons
(Language: English)
Marc B. Cels, Centre for Humanities, Athabasca University, Alberta
Marc B. Cels, Centre for Humanities, Athabasca University, Alberta
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1305-bThe Soul's Computatorium: Images of Mercy in the Sermons of Robert Rypon
(Language: English)
Holly Johnson, Department of English, Mississippi State University
Holly Johnson, Department of English, Mississippi State University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Monasticism, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1305-cMerciful Flowers: Misericordia in Two Parisian Florilegia for Preachers, the Manipulus florum and the Liber pharetrae
(Language: English)
Chris Nighman, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
Chris Nighman, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

While Pope Francis has declared 2016 ‘The Year of Mercy’, theologians, philosophers, and psychologists debate the moral, political, and therapeutic implications of forgiveness. This session contributes to studies that seek to historicise mercy and forgiveness by addressing what was taught about mercy from late medieval pulpits. Cels surveys collections of Latin model sermons on the parable of the unforgiving servant; Johnson examines metaphors used by the English monk Robert Rypon to preach about mercy; and Chris Nighman compares the treatment of misericordia in two Parisian handbooks of quotations for preachers, the Liber pharetrae and the Manipulus florum.