Reviews Andersson, Roger, ed., Constructing the Medieval Sermon (Sermo, 6), Turnhout, Brepols, 2008; hardback; pp. xiv, 338; 5 b/w illustrations, 4 b/w tables; R.R.P. 60.00; ISBN 9782503525891. I have always had an unbounded admiration for those with the scholarly ability and perseverance to tease out the long but changing practices of sermon-making in the Middle Ages. I often regret, however, that many of those who work on later Reformation sermon-making are not able to sufficiently acknowledge the thousand years of varying traditions that lay behind it. How different are the Calvinist sermons from those of Anthony of Padua (considered here by Riccardo Quinto) when he speaks of the elect, and their duty to prepare themselves for his reception in accordance with the word of Scripture? This is a work of highly focused professional scholarship, though it is not perhaps easily accessible to general or Latin-less readers, who will be the poorer for it. But it must be hoped that some of the more significant points that emerge from these detailed studies will be taken up in works for a wider audience. Christoph Burger's analysis of Jean Gerson's two sermons for the feast of All Saints, one for the
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