Publication – « The Ten Commandments in Medieval and Early Modern Culture », éd. Youri Desplenter, Jürgen Pieters et Walter Melion

Over the course of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, as more and more vernacular commentaries on the Decalogue were produced throughout Europe, the moral system of the Ten Commandments gradually became more prominent. The Ten Commandments proved to be a topic from which numerous proponents of pastoral and lay catechesis drew inspiration. God’s commands were discussed and illustrated in sermons and confessor’s manuals, and they spawned new theological and pastoral treatises both Catholic and Reformed. But the Decalogue also served several authors, including Dante, Petrarch, and Christine de Pizan. Unlike the Seven Deadly Sins, the Ten Commandments supported a more positive image of mankind, one that embraced the human potential for introspection and the conscious choice to follow God’s Law.


Table des matières :

Notes on the Editors
Notes on the Contributors
List of Illustrations

Introduction: Exploring the Decalogue in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture – Youri Desplenter and Jürgen Pieters

1 The Ten Commandments in the Medieval Schools: Conformity or Diversity? –  Lesley Smith
2 ‘Ché se potuto aveste veder tutto / mestier non era parturir Maria’: Dante on the Decalogue as a Means to Salvation – Luca Gili
3 Fit For A Prince: The Ten Alternative Commandments in Christine de Pizan’s Epistre Othea – Charlotte E. Cooper
4 Loving Neighbor Before God: The First Commandment in Early Modern Lyric Poetry - Gregory P. Haake
5 The Ten Commandments and Pastoral Care in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Europe: An Inquiry into Expectations and Outcomes – Robert J. Bast
6 The Ten Commandments in the Thirteenth-Century Pastoral Manual Qui bene presunt – Greti Dinkova-Bruun
7 Morals from a Mystical Cook: Jan van Leeuwen and the Ten Commandments – Youri Desplenter
8 Latin Mnemonic Verses Combining the Ten Commandments with the Ten Plagues of Egypt Transmitted in Late Medieval Bohemia – Lucie Doležalová
9 The Ten Commandments in Preaching in Late Medieval Poland: ‘Sermo de praeceptis’ from Ms. 3022 at the National Library in Warsaw – Krzysztof Bracha
10 The Law Illuminated: Biblical Illustrations of the Commandments in Lutheran Catechisms – Henk van den Belt
11 Man and God: The First Three Commandments in the Polish Catholic Catechisms of the 1560s–1570s – Waldemar Kowalski

Informations pratiques :

Youri Desplenter, Jürgen Pieters et Walter Melion (éd.), The Ten Commandments in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, Brill, 2017 (Intersections, 52). 290 p.
ISBN : 9789004309821. Prix : 109 euros.

Source : Brill

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