IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1650: The Body Performed and Disciplined: Dominican Preaching On Penance in the City

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Prato Consortium for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Organiser:Peter Francis Howard, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Moderator/Chair:Holly Johnson, Department of English, Mississippi State University
Paper 1650-aThe Preacher's Narrative Body: Teaching Confession through Performance to the Community
(Language: English)
Anne Holloway, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Sermons and Preaching, Teaching the Middle Ages, Theology
Paper 1650-bWhipping the Masses: The Discourse on Flagellation in de Bertis's Public Sermons
(Language: English)
Stephanie Jury, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality, Sermons and Preaching, Social History
Paper 1650-cConvertimini: Preaching and Penance in Renaissance Florence
(Language: English)
Peter Francis Howard, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Italian, Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

The Order of Preachers primarily preached within urban communities. As part of their foundation they were tasked with implementing the sacrament of penance through preaching and performing the methods of attaining salvation. As part of this, they used a variety of techniques within their sermons, including mnemonics in a literary and metaphorical sense, and material and visual media, to invoke fervour that would persuade the congregation to incorporate devotional practice that would lead them to salvation. Linked to the Body in the City Project, this session explores the different ways that the sacrament of penance was preached by Dominican friars from the 13th to 15th centuries.