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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 518: 'Not by bread alone [...]': Lenten Preaching in the 15th and 16th Centuries, I - Shaping the Religious Message

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università di Firenze
Organiser:Lorenza Tromboni, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università di Firenze
Moderator/Chair:Jussi Hanska, Department of Education, University of Tampere
Paper 518-aA Dantesque Lenten Sermon Collection: Peregrinus cum angelo
(Language: English)
Pietro Delcorno, Leeds Humanities Research Institute / School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Italian, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 518-bRoberto Caracciolo's Quadragesimale de poenitentia: Compilation, Structure, and Fortune of a 15th-Century Bestseller
(Language: English)
Giacomo Mariani, Scuola Internazionale di Alti Studi 'Scienze della cultura', Fondazione San Carlo, Modena / Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Printing History, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 518-c'Preaching during the fasting season is like being killed on the rack': Design, Performance, and Recording of Johann Geiler of Kaysersberg's Lent Sermons
(Language: English)
Rita Voltmer, Geschichtliche Landeskunde, Universität Trier
Index terms: Lay Piety, Liturgy, Local History, Sermons and Preaching

'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God's mouth'. This sentence was the foundation of Lent, a period in which the renunciation of food was accompanied by a richer nourishment of the divine word, mainly provided through preaching. This spiritual food was particularly abundant in Late Middle Ages, when Lenten preaching became a daily practice and numerous Lenten sermon collections were written. The first session dedicated to this theme investigates the multiple and flexible strategies adopted by preachers to organise a rich, imaginative, and all-encompassing catechetical instruction during the Lenten period of fasting.