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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: January 2020

61 - Monastic Preaching, c. 1350–1545

from Part IV - Forms of Monasticism in the Late Middle Ages


The sermon was a feature of monastic life from early times as a vehicle for spiritual instruction, pastoral guidance, and formal ceremonial (for example, to mark the election of a superior), but it was only in the later Middle Ages that the practice of preaching to audiences inside and outside the cloister became a common occupation for monastic men and women.