A Gothic Sermon: Making a Contract with the Mother of God, Saint Mary of Amiens
In this groundbreaking work, Stephen Murray seizes a rare opportunity to explore the relationship between verbal and visual culture by presenting a sermon that may have been preached during the second half of the thirteenth century in or near the cathedral of Notre-Dame of Amiens, whose sculptural program was completed at about the same time. In addition to providing a complete transcription and translation of the text, Murray examines the historical context of the sermon and draws comparisons between its underlying structure and the Gothic portals of the cathedral. In the sermon, as in the cathedral, he finds a powerful motivational mechanism that invites the repentant sinner to enter into a new contract with the Virgin Mary.
The correlation between elements of the sermon's text and the sculptural components of the cathedral leads to an exploration of the socioeconomic conditions in Picardy at the time and a vivid sketch of how the cathedral and its images were used by ordinary people. The author finds parallels in the rhetorical tools used in the sermon, on the one hand, and stylistic and compositional tools used in the sculpture, on the other. In addition to providing a fascinating and cogent consideration of medieval beliefs about salvation and redemption, this book also lays the groundwork for a long overdue examination of the performative and textual in relationship to sculpture.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Occasions and Audience
Structure and Content
Rhetorical Strategies The Art of Persuasion
Portals and Preaching Image and Word
Looking for Reality
Text and Translation
Sources Quoted in the Sermon
Other editions - View all
Adam Amiens Cathedral apostles audience ausi autre avoir avoit Bele douce gent beneoit Biaus amis bien bishop of Amiens blessed bone verite borgois c'on cascun cele central portal certes ceste Christ Column figures confession cuer dame diables dieu sainte Marie diocese diocese of Amiens dist eglise estoit evesques fait gentlefolk God's grant misericorde heaven holy iamais images Judas l'escriture Lady lintel lord the bishop maniere Mary of Amiens medieval mesire misericorde mother church moult n'en oaths onques paradise parole pechie penance peust Picardy Pierre pray preacher preaching prestre priest prions nostre segneur prophets purgatory qu'il quanque quatrefoils quia rechevoir relics repentance rhetorical sachies sacies sacraments Saint Firmin Saint Mary Saint Peter scriptures sculptural program segneur seremens sermon seur sinner sins sire souls South portal swear terre torments tout townsman true pardon trumeau tympanum Virgin Mary voussoirs vrai word Zink