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Medieval Marriage Sermons: Mass Communication in a Culture without Print

David D'Avray


Before the advent of printing, the preaching of the friars was the mass medium of the middle ages. This edition of marriage sermons reveals what a number of famous preachers actually taught about marriage, teasing out the close connection between marriage symbolism and social, cultural, and legal realities in the 13th century. The relation between genre, content, and gender is analysed, with particular attention to the likely impact of preaching, viewed as a means of intellectual power in competition with vernacular genres and other social forces. Its mass diffusion anticipated printing, but t ... More

Keywords: medieval period, marriage, sermons, mass communication, culture, printing, preaching, friars, symbolism, mass medium

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208143
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David D'Avray, editor
Professor of History, University College London

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