Book Series Medieval Church Studies, vol. 21

After Arundel

Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England

Vincent Gillespie, Kantik Ghosh (eds)

  • Pages: xix + 657 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:3 b/w
  • Language(s):English, French, Latin
  • Publication Year:2012

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-53402-2
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"The volume will probably not be the last word on this issue, but the range and the quality of its scholarship makes an important and welcome contribution to it. It also shows, incidentally, that fifteenth- century English religious literature, certainly in its sociological aspects, has emerged from the shadows in which literary and social studies had kept it for a long time." (Siegfried Wenzel, in The Catholic Historical Review, January 2013, Vol. 99, N° 1, p. 138-139)

"(...) in After Arundel we have a vigorous companion to fifteenth-century English religious writing. Drawing on the multidisciplinary insights of thirty scholarly experts, this collection demonstrates how the spiritual energy of fifteenth-century England found literary expression both with the endorsement and in spite of the mandates of the English episcopacy." (Michael P. Kuczynski, in: Speculum, 90/1, January 2015, p. 255-256)


England’s religious life in the fifteenth century is worthy of sustained, nuanced, and meticulous analysis. This book offers a portrait of late medieval English religious theory and praxis that complicates any attempt to present the period as either quivering in the post-traumatic stress of Lollardy, or basking in the autumn sunshine of an uncritical and self-satisfied hierarchy’s failure to engage with undoubted European and domestic crises in ecclesiology, pastoral theology, anti-clericalism, and lay spiritual emancipation. After Arundel means not just because of or despite Archbishop Arundel (and the repressive legislation associated with him), for it also asks what models and taxonomies will be needed to move beyond Arundel as a fixed star in the firmament of (especially literary) scholarship in the period. It aims to supply the next phase of scholarly exploration of this still often dark continent of religious attitudes and writing with new tools and technical vocabularies, as well as to suggest new directions of travel.



List of Contributors

Part I. Opening Salvoes

Chichele’s Church: Vernacular Theology in England after Thomas Arundel - VINCENT GILLESPIE

After Arundel: The Closing or the Opening of the English Mind? - JEREMY CATTO

Censorship or Cultural Change? Reformation and Renaissance in the Spirituality of Late Medieval England - MICHAEL G. SARGENT

Vernacular Theology / Theological Vernacular: A Game of Two Halves? - IAN JOHNSON

Part II. Discerning the Discourse: Language, Image, and Spirituality

Orthodoxy’s Image Trouble: Images in and after Arundel’s Constitutions - JAMES SIMPSON

Censorship and Cultural Continuity: Love’s Mirror, the Pore Caitif, and Religious Experience before and after Arundel - CHRISTOPHER G. BRADLEY

Voice after Arundel - DAVID LAWTON

Part III. The Dynamics of Orthodox Reform

Conciliarism and Heresy in England - ALEXANDER RUSSELL

‘Let Them Praise Him in Church’: Orthodox Reform at Salisbury Cathedral in the First Half of the Fifteenth Century’ - DAVID LEPINE

London after Arundel: Learned Rectors and the Strategies of Orthodox Reform - SHEILA LINDENBAUM

Common Libraries in Fifteenth-Century England: An Episcopal Benefaction - JAMES WILLOUGHBY

Part IV. Ecclesiastical Humanism

Religion, Humanism, and Humanity: Chaundler’s Dialogues and the Winchester Secretum - DANIEL WAKELIN

Staging Advice in Oxford, New College, MS 288: On Thomas Chaundler and Thomas Bekynton - ANDREW COLE

Part V. Reginald Pecock

Reconstructing the Mixed Life in Reginald Pecock’s Reule of Crysten Religioun - ALLAN F. WESTPHALL

Vernacular Authority and the Rhetoric of Sciences in Pecock’s The Folewer to the Donet and in The Court of Sapience - TAMÁS KARÁTH

Part VI. Literary Self-Consciousness and Literary History

‘This holy tyme’: Present Sense in the Digby Lyrics - HELEN BARR

English Devotions for a Noble Household: The Long Passion in Audelay’s Counsel of Conscience - SUSANNA FEIN

Lydgate’s Retraction and ‘his resorte to his religyoun’ - W. H. E. SWEET

Part VII. The Codex as an Instrument of Reform

Devotional Cosmopolitanism in Fifteenth-Century England - STEPHEN KELLY AND RYAN PERRY

Canons and Catechisms: The Austin Canons of South-East England and Sacerdos parochialis - NIAMH PATTWELL

‘Þat þine opun dedis be a trewe book’: Reading around Arundel’s Constitutions - AMANDA MOSS

Part VIII. Translation

Gender, Confession, and Authority: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 114 in the Fifteenth Century - JENNIFER BROWN

Dressing up a ‘galaunt’: Traditional Piety and Fashionable Politics in Peter Idley’s ‘translacions’ of Mannyng and Lydgate - MATTHEW GIANCARLO

Richard Methley and the Translation of Vernacular Religious Writing into Latin - LAURA SAETVEIT MILES

Part IX. Acting Holy

Saints’ Lives and the Literary after Arundel - CATHERINE SANOK

Hagiography after Arundel: Expounding the Trinity - KAREN WINSTEAD

Proliferation and Purification: The Use of Books for Nuns after Arundel - C. ANNETTE GRISÉ

Part X. From Script to Print

After Arundel but before Luther: The First Half-Century of Print - SUSAN POWELL

Part XI. Closing Reflections and Responses

Wyclif, Arundel, and the Long Fifteenth Century - KANTIK GHOSH

‘A clerke schulde have it of kinde for to kepe counsell’ - NICHOLAS WATSON


Index Nominum

Index of Manuscripts