English Wycliffite Sermons - Vol. 4

English Wycliffite Sermons - Vol. 4

English Wycliffite Sermons - Vol. 4

English Wycliffite Sermons - Vol. 4

Synopsis

Volumes IV and V complete the edition of the long English Wycliffite sermon cycle. These volumes are indispensable to the study of Volumes I to III: they review of evidence concerning its date, authorship, background and audience; survey the polemical issues; and comment on the text with thorough indices of sermons and biblical references.

Excerpt

The appearance of the final two volumes of English Wycliffite Sermons marks a staging post but not a completion. We have become increasingly aware over the past five years that a choice had to be made: to continue our search for elucidation of dark corners of these sermons for another decade, or to call a halt, produce what we could, and allow others to pursue the chase. We decided on the latter option because we hoped that scholars who approached these sermons with different equipment and divergent preconceptions might make more and quicker progress than we can, now that the ingenuity we can muster has made a start. A new eye may be more productive.

We wish once again to thank all the libraries and their staff in whose collections the manuscripts of these sermons are to be found, and the other libraries that we have used in the course of our research (notably those in Prague, Vienna, and Wolfenbüttel). Most of all we are indebted to the resources of Cambridge University Library, and in Oxford of the Bodleian Library where the help of the staff in Duke Humfrey's Library has been much appreciated. Our thanks are also due to the libraries that have given permission for the plates in this volume.

Personal debts are legion, and very hard to enumerate; many have been mentioned in the earlier volumes, and are here warmly remembered again. Once more we want to thank Dr Ian Doyle for all his advice on manuscripts over many years; we remember also the practical help and moral support of Norman Davis, Eric Dobson, and Neil Ker in the early stages of our work. For more recent efforts to convert the texts into a form from which a computer concordance could be generated we are indebted to Dr Elizabeth Solopova; for generating it to Dr Peter Robinson. We are also grateful to those at Oxford University Press who have encouraged and assisted this edition; in particular we owe sincere thanks to Frances Whistler, who saw the first three volumes through the press, Jason Freeman, who did the same for these final volumes, and, for her meticulous and generous help, the copy-editor . . .

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