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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 618: 'Not by bread alone [...]': Lenten Preaching in the 15th and 16th Centuries, II - Mendicant Preaching in Northern Italy

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS)
Organiser:Lorenza Tromboni, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università di Firenze
Moderator/Chair:Eleonora Lombardo, Instituto de Filosofia, Universidade do Porto
Paper 618-aThe Christian 'Other' in Bernardino Caimi's Lenten Preaching
(Language: English)
Valentina Covaci, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 618-bMoralising the Faithful during Lent: Contrasting Views Concerning Witches in Franciscan and Dominican Sermons at the End of the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Fabrizio Conti, Department of History & Humanities, John Cabot University, Rome
Index terms: Printing History, Sermons and Preaching, Social History, Theology

'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. This second session focuses on Lenten preaching in northern-Italian cities and courts, where mendicant preachers played a prominent role in moralising the society and in shaping the religious identity of their listeners.