John to John: The Manuale Sacerdotis and the daily life of a parish priest

Powell, Susan 2009, 'John to John: The Manuale Sacerdotis and the daily life of a parish priest' , in: Recording Medieval Lives , Harlaxton Medieval Studies (17) , Shaun Tyas, Donington, pp. 112-129.

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Manuale Sacerdotis, the priest’s handbook, is a five-part Latin text of between twelve and twenty chapters in each part, written probably at the end of the fourteenth or beginning of the fifteenth century by John Mirk, who was by then prior of the house of Austin canons at Lilleshall in Shropshire. Mirk’s choice of Latin as the medium for the Manuale explains why it has been overshadowed by his two other works, the Festial and the Instructions for Parish Priests. Both these vernacular texts have been published, but Mirk’s third work, the Manuale, has not been printed, although it has been edited twice as doctoral theses. The most detailed treatment in print is that of Alan Fletcher on the manuscripts and the Manuale‘s place in the tradition of pastoralia. The recognition that the Manuale has been previously accorded is not, however, commensurate with its interest, as it is hoped that this article will demonstrate, and an edition incorporating a translation with en face Latin text is currently in preparation by the present author in collaboration with James Girsch, on whose critical edition this article is dependent and to whose kindness and scholarship I am indebted.

Item Type: Book Section
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Publisher: Shaun Tyas
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: Harlaxton Medieval Studies
ISBN: 1-900289-954, 978-1-900289-955
Depositing User: Professor Susan Powell
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 09:43
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 12:35

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