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A neglected copy of John Mirk's Mary Magdalene sermon

Powell, S and Pickering, O 2005, 'A neglected copy of John Mirk's Mary Magdalene sermon' , Medieval Sermon Studies, 49 , pp. 59-68.

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Abstract

This article calls attention to a neglected copy of the sermon for the feast of St Mary Magdalene from John Mirk's late-fourteenth-century Middle English sermon collection, the Festial. The copy, contained in London, British Library, MS Cotton Titus A. XXVI, was co"ectly identified in 1970, but since then has been ignored by Festial scholars and not recognized by those writing on saints' lives. The discussion of the early-sixteenth-century manuscript places the sermon in the context of the religious and secular works copied with it, and suggests that the compilation may have been made for private or household purposes by a non-professional book producer. Textual analysis reveals the sermon to be distinctive: like some other later versions of Mirk's original, it removes the opening obligation to attend church, but retains the invocation to a plural audience. But the text has also been comprehensively and independently rewritten, with the intention of bringing it up to date in terms of lexis, syntax, and idiom, as is demonstrated by comparison with manuscripts variously representing an early form if the text and other rewritings of Mirk's original.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Medieval Sermon Studies
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13660691
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Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2009 11:19
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1315

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