Cultures of Religious Reading in the Late Middle Ages. Instructing the Soul, Feeding the Spirit, and Awakening the Passion . (Turnhout, Brepols, 2013, 15,6 × 23,4 cm, vi , 308 pp., illus., isbn 978 2 503 54569 1, € 90,-). That the phenomenon of lay religious reading knew a rich history long before the beginning of the Reformation is a fact long since recognized by medievalists. The initiatives by church reformers such as Luther to make the Bible available in the vernacular do not seem so revolutionary when the history of religious reading from the thirteenth to the early sixteenth century is taken into account. The volume edited by the Groningen based literary historian Sabrina Corbellini focusses on the rich history of religious reading in the late Middle Ages. Its aim is ‘to reconstruct the late medieval world of readers, and in particular of lay readers, of religious literature.’ To achieve this rather immense task, four themes are further explored. With this outline the volume seems to strictly follow the set-up of a meeting that gathered experts from related fields of research united in their interest in late medieval religious texts in Rome in 2010. Firstly, four papers
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Published: Jan 28, 2014
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