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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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Guibert de Tournai OM

Guibert de Tournai OM

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Medieval Marriage Sermons


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This chapter analyses the sermon delivered by Guibert de Tournai. One of the main points of the sermon is that ‘marriage is good, as the Lord demonstrated’. It talks about sacramental marriage, eternal marriage, bodily marriage, and spiritual marriage. The starting point is the invitation to the marriage feast of Cana. Guibert launches into a forceful summary of how the Lord honoured human marriage, instituting it at the beginning of the world in paradise and, in the New Testament, gracing a marriage by a miracle as well as his bodily presence. Guibert goes on to repeat the topos that the Lord knew that heretics would condemn marriage, and refuted them by attending the wedding at Cana.

Keywords:   sermon, marriage, sacramental marriage, eternal marriage, bodily marriage, Guibert de Tournai

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