This chapter summarizes Jacopo de Varagine's late habits of thought by examining the Marian Sermons—a collection of 161 model exegetical sermons of varying lengths. His “late style” is a return to his roots, model sermons, with the benefit of a lifetime of experience as a reader and writer. As Jacopo chose his themes, he showed what he valued about religious imagery. Unlike in his previous sermons where the topics suggested themselves (saints' days) or were dictated by the demands of the liturgical calendar, Jacopo was in theological and artistic control of the Marian sermons. Aside from the creative labor of gathering the wisdom of his time to help preachers, Jacopo also showed enough originality to justify attention to himself. Jacopo's primary audience absorbed his thought, and through them his influence helped shape the development of Christianity.
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