SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge

Published Conference Proceedings - Paper
January 2011

¿After Arundel but before Luther: the first half-century of print¿

Powell, S 2011, ¿After Arundel but before Luther: the first half-century of print¿, in: Ghosh, K & Gillespie, V (eds.), 'After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England', Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium, pp.523-541. Conference details: One of three papers in the plenary panel of the After Arundel conference, St John¿s College, Oxford, APril 2009 (also delivered at the Early Book Society Conference, Exeter, 9-13 July, 2009; also delivered at the History of the Book Seminar, University of Cambridge, November, 2009)..

Abstract


England’s religious life in the fifteenth century is worthy of sustained, nuanced, and meticulous analysis. This book offers a portrait of late medieval English religious theory and praxis that complicates any attempt to present the period as either quivering in the post-traumatic stress of Lollardy, or basking in the autumn sunshine of an uncritical and self-satisfied hierarchy’s failure to engage with undoubted European and domestic crises in ecclesiology, pastoral theology, anti-clericalism, and lay spiritual emancipation. After Arundel means not just because of or despite Archbishop Arundel (and the repressive legislation associated with him), for it also asks what models and taxonomies will be needed to move beyond Arundel as a fixed star in the firmament of (especially literary) scholarship in the period. It aims to supply the next phase of scholarly exploration of this still often dark continent of religious attitudes and writing with new tools and technical vocabularies, as well as to suggest new directions of travel.

Authors

SEEK Members

Editors:

Non-SEEK Editors

Vincent Gillespie

Kantik Ghosh

Publication Details

Conference Proceedings
Powell, S ed. 2011, After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England, Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium, pp.523-541.

Conference Details
One of three papers in the plenary panel of the After Arundel conference, St John¿s College, Oxford, APril 2009 (also delivered at the Early Book Society Conference, Exeter, 9-13 July, 2009; also delivered at the History of the Book Seminar, University of Cambridge, November, 2009).