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A Companion to The Doctrine of the HertThe Middle English Translation and its Latin and European Contexts$
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Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898218

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898218.001.0001

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De doctrina cordis: Catechesis or Contemplation?

De doctrina cordis: Catechesis or Contemplation?

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(p.57) 2 De doctrina cordis: Catechesis or Contemplation?
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A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert
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Christiania Whitehead

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898218.003.0003

This chapter examines the Latin treatise De doctrina cordis (The Doctrine of the Hert) in its Latin manuscript contexts, focusing on the most prevalent modes of perception of the text and patterns of use. It also looks at how the text is associated with preaching and sermon, perceived as a guide for novices and as a catechetical format, and for its meditative and contemplative potential. In addition, the chapter analyses the protean character of De doctrina cordis and its ability to reissue itself in formats suitable to both catechesis and contemplation, the formation of the novitiate, or the requirements of a homilist. Finally, it considers the ways in which the text was reformulated, used, and circulated in the French, German, Dutch, English, and Spanish vernacular translations of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

Keywords:   sermon, De doctrina cordis, preaching, catechesis, contemplation, vernacular translations

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