Protestant preaching was known for creating personality cults around many of its preacher and for producing original sermon collections. However, sermons preached by larger than life figures whose pastoral lessons formed the main staple of religious education for the laity is a hallmark of late medieval preaching. Medieval preaching and sermon delivery could be quite different, reflecting the personality of preachers as well as the diversity of the audiences. Just how distinctive preaching events could be is found in sermons that document the interaction between medieval preachers and their specific audiences. These sermons are known as reportationes, that is, sermons written down by a member of the audience as they were delivered by the preacher in the vernacular. Reportationes, therefore, are particularly rich for the details they reveal about sermon presentation and reception. This article examines the reportationes of Bernardino da Siena (d. 1444) in order to demonstrate the aspirations of this late medieval preacher and the responses of his audience.
|Title of host publication||L’Eloquence de la chair entre écriture et oralité|
|Editors||Cinthia Véronique Meli , Amy Heneveld|
|Place of Publication||Paris|
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Print)||ISBN 978-2-7453-4520-2|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Jan 2018|
Bibliographical noteThis chapter looks at the reportationes of the Italian Franciscan, Bernardino of Siena. It argues that he viewed sermons as having a quasi sacramental status.
- Centre for Medieval Studies
- reportationes, Bernardino of Siena
- sermons, medieva aurality, literacy