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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 Forms of Living

Lollard Forms of Living

(p.239) Chapter 7 Lollard Forms of Living
Feeling Like Saints

Fiona Somerset

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines in depth a set of lollardy’s most self-consciously literary writings: writings that are attentive to literary style and rhetoric and that develop with unusual thoroughness the possibilities of speaking “gostili.” “Gostili” speech is the lollard habit of redefining in spiritual or metaphorical terms a concept usually presented as material, bodily, or closely defined by institutional convention. This chapter shows how lollard writers deployed spiritualizing metaphors for religious structures in order to adapt what had been presented as a second-best means to holiness for those unable to join a religious order into an alternative presented as better than religious life, the only true form of religion, and one that all who want to be saved should embrace.

Keywords:   gostili speech, lollard literary, literary rhetoric, spiritualizing metaphors, religious structures, religious alternatives

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