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An Anglo-Norman Reader

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Jane Bliss

Religious Writings

Religious Writings

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  • 1 Montesquieu, Lettres Persanes, ed. Roger, CXXXIV (p. 213 in this edition).

‘Mon père,’ lui dis-je, ‘quels sont ces gros volumes qui tiennent tout ce côté
de bibliothèque?’
‘Ce sont,’ me dit-il, ‘les interprètes de l’Ecriture.’
‘Il y a un grand nombre!’ lui repartis-je.1

  • 2 There is not room to include anything from Dean’s final group (devotional writings).
  • 3 However, scholars are no longer quite as anxious as hitherto, to separate sacred from secular. A t (...)

1Dean’s sections 10 and 11 are entitled Biblical and Apocryphal respectively. Then follows Section 12, Hagiography. Finally there is a collection of Homiletic pieces, all found in her section 13.2 For this part of the present book, it happens that the first two pieces (in the chapter immediately following here) complement each other even though one is listed by Dean as Biblical and the other as Apocryphal. The Saints’ Lives naturally fall together into a group, although my passages were not chosen to illustrate the art of hagiography as such. In the final chapter, even though the Sermon on Joshua resembles biblical commentary, I have maintained Dean’s ordering; how best to group texts generically is very much a matter of individual judgement. As discussed above, in the Introduction, the quantity of material under the general heading of Religious is enormous compared with everything of other genres that has come down to us.3

Notes

1 Montesquieu, Lettres Persanes, ed. Roger, CXXXIV (p. 213 in this edition).

2 There is not room to include anything from Dean’s final group (devotional writings).

3 However, scholars are no longer quite as anxious as hitherto, to separate sacred from secular. A text can be examined from both standpoints, removing ‘the imperative to designate either register as dominant’ (Gutt, ‘Review: Barbara Newman, Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular against the Sacred’, pp. 327–8).

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