Convivium: Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Preaching as Literature: (Mendicant) 'Popularisation' of Theology and the Bible around 1300

When and Where

Friday, March 22, 2024 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
3rd Floor
Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen's Park


Hans-Jochen Schiewer (Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg)


Hosted by Markus Stock, the Centre for Medieval Studies welcomes Hans-Jochen Schiewer of Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg on Preaching as Literature: (Mendicant) ‘Popularization’ of Theology and the Bible around 1300. Please join us in person or virtually via Zoom. 



In the course of the 13th century, literature by laypeople for laypeople increasingly took on the task of transferring knowledge to the laity, even where the church claimed a monopoly on preaching: This applies in particular to the field of German gnomic poets (Sangspruchdichter). I will discuss the competition, entanglements and interferences between the lay and clerical spheres using three examples: (1) gnomic poetry (Sangspruchdichtung) and mendicant preaching, (2) Konrad von Würzburg among the Dominicans, and (3) secular and religious experiences of love around 1300.


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