Medieval 'Artes Praedicandi': A Synthesis of Scholastic Sermon Structure

By Siegfried Wenzel

© 2015

Between the early thirteenth and late fifteenth centuries, theologians and preachers in Western Europe adopted a distinct and rigidly structured sermon format. The scholastic sermon, as it was known, was taught through technical treatises known as artes praedicandi, of which approximately 230 survive.

A dense and complicated arrangement, modern scholars often find the scholastic sermon challenging to understand and interpret. In this concise text, Siegfried Wenzel focuses on the main features of the sermon, from the initial thema to the concluding prayer. Medieval Artes Praedicandi also includes an annotated list of forty-two major surviving artes praedicandi, discussing the evolution of the genre, and a structural analysis of a sample sermon (from Worcester Cathedral Library Ms. F.10), which shows how the prescriptions of the artes were applied.

Written by a leading expert on the late medieval scholastic sermon, Medieval Artes Praedicandi is an essential resource for scholars and advanced students interested in using scholastic sermons in their research.

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Written by a leading expert on the late medieval scholastic sermon, Medieval Artes Praedicandi is an essential resource for scholars and advanced students interested in using scholastic sermons in their research.

Medieval 'Artes Praedicandi': A Synthesis of Scholastic Sermon Structure

By Siegfried Wenzel

© 2015

Between the early thirteenth and late fifteenth centuries, theologians and preachers in Western Europe adopted a distinct and rigidly structured sermon format. The scholastic sermon, as it was known, was taught through technical treatises known as artes praedicandi, of which approximately 230 survive.

A dense and complicated arrangement, modern scholars often find the scholastic sermon challenging to understand and interpret. In this concise text, Siegfried Wenzel focuses on the main features of the sermon, from the initial thema to the concluding prayer. Medieval Artes Praedicandi also includes an annotated list of forty-two major surviving artes praedicandi, discussing the evolution of the genre, and a structural analysis of a sample sermon (from Worcester Cathedral Library Ms. F.10), which shows how the prescriptions of the artes were applied.

Written by a leading expert on the late medieval scholastic sermon, Medieval Artes Praedicandi is an essential resource for scholars and advanced students interested in using scholastic sermons in their research.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Medieval Academy Books
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.6in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘This volume is an excellent resource for students of the art of preaching in the late Middle Ages… Wenzel has done a great service in offering this clearly written, well-organized synthesis of the scholastic sermon form.’


    Holly Johnson
    Speculum January 2016

    ‘This small volume serves as a gift of succinctly presented guidance from an experienced instructor to students learning to find their way in the field of medieval sermon studies.’


    Anne Thayer
    Sehepunkte vol 16:02:2016

    Medieval Artes Praedicandi is a significant and valuable contribution to the history of medieval rhetoric.  It gives a thorough, detailed, but also admirably concise account of the major sources of the ars praedicandi, surveying all known texts.”


    Rita Copeland, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Author Information

    Siegfried Wenzel is a professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Table of contents

    Part I: The Artes

    Part II: Scholastic Sermon Structure

    Part III: Sample Sermon

    Part IV: Other Issues

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