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Death and TensesPosthumous Presence in Early Modern France$
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Neil Kenny

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754039.001.0001

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From Funeral Sermon to Coronation

From Funeral Sermon to Coronation

(p.108) 8 From Funeral Sermon to Coronation
Death and Tenses

Neil Kenny

Oxford University Press

This section examines the use of tenses to refer to the dead in selective examples from funeral sermons. Whereas theologians attempted to pin down the exact kind of posthumous presence attributed to Christ by tense at the Eucharist, in funeral sermons—devoted to the non-divine dead—tenses could sometimes serve not just to delimit posthumous presence in a precise way but also to communicate its uncertainty or vagueness.

Keywords:   Guillaume Du Vair, funeral sermons, monarchs, posthumous presence, Ronsard, tense

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