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Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England – A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Michael Haren


Penetrating behind the seal of medieval confession is among the most formidable historiographical challenges. One route is through confessors’ manuals. This is a full-scale scholarly study of a fourteenth-century confessor’s English example. It contributes to the European-wide research on pre-Reformation confessional practice and clerical training. On another level, the Memoriale Presbiterorum’s peculiarly intense concern with social morality affords pungent commentary on contemporary English society. The author analyses a remarkable treatise both as a vehicle of social doctrine and as a mirro ... More

Keywords: medieval confession, confessor, pre-Reformation, confessional practice, clerical training, Memoriale Presbiterorum, social morality, social doctrine, episcopal regime, Bishop Grandisson

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.001.0001


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Michael Haren, author

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