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Feeling Like SaintsLollard Writings after Wyclif$
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Fiona Somerset

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452819

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452819.001.0001

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Lollard Tales

Lollard Tales

(p.137) Chapter 4 Lollard Tales
Feeling Like Saints

Fiona Somerset

Cornell University Press

This chapter investigates a very common and widespread characteristic of lollard writings: their use of narrative forms, especially but not only drawn from the bible, to give their readers models for holy living. In these narratives they provide their readers with a training in feeling—that is, lollard writers use stories to show their readers how to feel like saints. Yet lollards are usually thought to disapprove of stories—and they do, at least some of the time, avoid narrative. Popular sermons containing entertaining stories were especially associated with the friars; however, lollards criticize this kind of preaching, and what is more, they do not practice it.

Keywords:   narrative forms, lollard training, holy living, lollard writings, lollard writers, popular sermons

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