Continuity and Renewal in English Homiletic Eschatology, ca. 1150--1200.
Pelle, Stephen Anthony.
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Toronto (Canada), 2012.
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Adviser: Andy Orchard.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 74-08(E), Section: A.
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Chapter 2 examines the 'Visit to the Tomb' motif, which deeply influenced Anglo-Saxon depictions of individual mortality. Two early Middle English texts---Lambeth III and a treatise on the vices and virtues---contain versions of the motif that indicate a familiarity with the earlier homilies, though they also adapt the 'Visit to the Tomb' in new ways.
Chapter 4 describes the Middle English reflexes of two Doomsday motifs common in the Old English homilies---the 'Three Hosts of Doomsday' and the 'Four Angels of Judgment.' The persistence of such motifs in later medieval England raises the possibility of a significant influence of Old English works on Middle English homiletic eschatology. The Conclusions section addresses this issue in further detail and suggests avenues of future research, while restating the importance of the twelfth-century homilies for the study of medieval English religious literature.
The Old English texts in British Library, Cotton Vespasian D. xiv are the focus of Chapter 3. These include a description of the coming of Antichrist, the first English text of the 'Fifteen Signs before Doomsday,' and a typological interpretation of the Babylonian captivity. These pieces draw on both the Old English homilists and works unknown in England until ca. 1100, suggesting that twelfth-century English homilists did not sense any tension in combining ideas from pre- and post-Conquest traditions.
This study examines English eschatological homilies of the later twelfth century and their adaptation of both Anglo-Saxon traditions and sources introduced after the Norman Conquest. Later and non-homiletic texts are also discussed when these give clues to the continued prevalence of Anglo-Saxon and twelfth-century eschatological traditions in the later Middle Ages. Chapter 1 introduces the eschatology of the Anglo-Saxon homilists, describes English homily manuscripts written ca. 1150--1200, summarizes scholarly opinions on these texts, and details the author's approach to the texts' eschatological ideas.
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