IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 341: Crossing Perilous Borders: Preaching the Temporal and the Eternal Life

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS)
Organiser:Christoph Galle, Fachbereich Evangelische Theologie, Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg
Moderator/Chair:Veronica O'Mara, School of Arts - English, University of Hull
Paper 341-aThe Meaning of Eternal Life for the Carolingian Reform of Preaching
(Language: English)
Christoph Galle, Fachbereich Evangelische Theologie, Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 341-bAscending to Heaven: Sermons on the Assumption of the Virgin in 13th-Century France
(Language: English)
Antonio Marson Franchini, Faculty of History University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 341-cFollowing Aeneas in Hell: A 'Virgilian' Sermon Collection in Late Medieval Italy
(Language: English)
Pietro Delcorno, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies, University of Leeds / School of Literature, Language & Media, University of the Witwatersrand
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

By playing with the fear of eternal punishment and the promise of eternal reward, the perilous border between temporal and eternal life – and the ways to crossing it safely – became one of the crucial topics of medieval sermons. The prospect of an afterlife allegedly made people convert or served to strengthen or negotiate an overarching vision of Christian society. Strategically covering different periods and geographical areas, the papers of this session will show how preaching about the relationship between temporal and eternal life was a widely used tool for moral instruction as well as for socio-political purposes.