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David D'Avray

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208143.001.0001

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Jean de la Rochelle OM

Jean de la Rochelle OM

(p.166) IV Jean de la Rochelle OM
Medieval Marriage Sermons


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This chapter analyses the sermon delivered by Jean de la Rochelle, who became master in the private scola of the Franciscan house at Paris in 1238, and in 1241 succeeded Alexander of Hales as a public regent Master of Theology. The schema brings the tight aesthetic structure of the sermon into the open. Repentance, life in a religious order, and achievement of beatitude might form a sequence in time. The three parts also have parallel structures: they are all divided into three and all express progress and movement. Each part of the message is represented by a biblical marriage. The progress is in each case represented by the images of migration and of the transformation of water into wine. The three subsections of each of the three main points of the message are represented at the level of imagery by the three stages in the constitution of a marriage according to canon law: betrothal, consent, and consummation.

Keywords:   sermon, marriage, Jean de la Rochelle, repentance, beatitude, imagery, betrothal, consent, consummation

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