Book Series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, vol. 86

Latin Anonymous Sermons from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (AD 300-800)

Classification, Transmission, Dating

Matthieu Pignot (ed)

  • Pages: 288 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:4 b/w, 2 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, French, Latin
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59122-3
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Bringing together specialists of early Christian preaching, this book is the first collective volume dedicated exclusively to the study of Latin anonymous sermons.



„Der vorliegende thematisch und methodisch reiche und ergebnisreiche Kongreßband spiegelt die aktuellen bahnbrechenden Entwicklungen in der Erforschung der antiken Predigtengeschichte wider, weist in vieler Hinsicht neue Wege und betritt selbst unerforschtes Neuland, was ihn zu einem lesenswerten und zu weiterer Forschung inspirierenden Werk macht.“ (Hubertus R. Drobner, in Augustiniana 72/2, p. 435)


Matthieu Pignot is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Durham University. His research explores the reception of Augustine of Hippo’s works on initiation, marriage and penance in the Early Middle Ages up to 1000 AD. His broader interests lie in the history and reception of early Christianity in the West, particularly ritual practices and preaching, with a focus on texts originating from North Africa.


This volume contains the proceedings of the international conference on anonymous sermons, funded by the F.R.S.-FNRS and held on 16 May 2019 at the Université de Namur (Belgium), within the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the research centre Pratiques Médiévales de l’Écrit (PraME). It brings together scholars working on late antique and early medieval Latin preaching, and follows on previous volumes on Augustine and African sermons published in the Ministerium Sermonis subseries. The focus here is on Christian Latin preached texts, thought to date from the period c. 300-800 AD, which are not currently attributed to a known author. Long neglected because of their uncertain attribution, these sermons offer new material for the study of late antique and early medieval Christianity. The contributions assembled here provide an essential entry point to the study of these little-known sermons: after an introduction which sets the aims of the book, discusses the state of the art and describes main avenues for research, individual papers present future tools to classify sermons and explore their medieval transmission in manuscripts, offer new critical editions of previously unknown sermons, and develop methods and reliable criteria to shed new light on their historical context of composition. Both engaging with current issues and challenges and offering innovative case studies, this book opens up new ground for future research on late antique and early medieval Latin Christian preaching in general.


List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Past and Current Research on Latin Anonymous Sermons (Matthieu Pignot)
The Medieval Transmission and Reception of the Pseudo-Augustinian AU s 382/PS-AU s Bou 1. Notes on Converting a Scholarly Tradition into a Digital Network (Shari Boodts)
Le corpus du pseudo-Eusèbe Gallican et l’essor de la prédication en Provence aux Ve et VIe siècles (Raúl Villegas Marín)
Patchwork Sermons: An Understudied Genre of Late Antique Latin Literature (Clemens Weidmann)
Un sermon pseudo-augustinien pour la fête de Pâques, confronté à ses sources (François Dolbeau)
Le Sermon Mai 53 (CPPM I 1218, Nutritos hirundo pullos) à propos de la marche de Pierre sur les eaux (Matth. 14, 22-33), un pseudo-augustinien africain ? (Marie Pauliat)
Two Anonymous Preachers on the “Woman Taken in Adultery”: S. Mai 8 and an Unedited Homily in a Manuscript from Moissac (Gert Partoens & András Handl)
À propos du sermon De laudibus Mariae (PS-AU s 123; PS-FU s 36) : sa tradition dans les imprimés de Fulgence (Pierre-Maurice Bogaert & Matthieu Pignot)
Un tractatus sur Prou. 30, 15-20 (CPPM I 5027) et la question de son attribution à Grégoire d’Elvire (Jérémy Delmulle)