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Death and the Prince: Memorial Preaching Before 1350

D. L. d'Avray


This book is a study of medieval de mortuis sermons in memory of kings and princes. It examines medieval kingship and attitudes to death, and identifies a period in which this-worldly and other-worldly interests were held in a relatively stable equilibrium. This book's conclusions are based on unpublished medieval sermons from 14th-century Europe. After an outline of the genre's development, the book argues that the portrayal of individual personalities seemed to convey a message about kingship. The message is shown to be much the same as that of 15th-century humanist preaching so far as the ‘ ... More

Keywords: de mortuis sermons, medieval kingship, death, medieval sermons, external goods, afterlife, 14th-century Europe, kings, princes

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Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203964.001.0001


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D. L. d'Avray, author
University College, London
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