The Preacher in the Rye: Allegory and Reality of Rural Life in Middle English Sermons
Slavin P (2017) The Preacher in the Rye: Allegory and Reality of Rural Life in Middle English Sermons. In: Sharp T, Cochelin I, Dinkova-Bruun G, Firey A & Silano G (eds.) From Learning to Love: Schools, Law, and Pastoral Care in the Middle Ages - Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, pp. 492-514. http://www.pims.ca/publications/new-and-recent-titles/publication/from-learning-to-love-schools-law-and-pastoral-care-in-the-middle-agesessays-in-honour-of-joseph-w-goering
The essays in this volume show how the teaching of law and theology in the medieval schools was part of a pastoral project to foster a just Christian society and to lead souls to contemplation of God. With subjects ranging from scholastic debates about divine simplicity to disputes between parishioners over their reputations, these studies take us across Europe, from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, although the heart of the volume covers England and northern France in the decades around 1200.